$2.00 ❚ THE NATION'S NEWS MONDAY Jessica Chastain to Aaron Sorkin: Deal me in 12.18.17 The actress played a winning hand for Molly’s Game, the debut director’s high-stakes poker drama. In Life DAN MACMEDAN/USA TODAY Harassment cases vex Congress More allegations expected, but no protocol in place Eliza Collins USA TODAY WASHINGTON – As allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct mount on Capitol Hill, it may seem as if congressional leaders are flying by the seats of their pants. That’s because, for the most part, they are. Leaders in both parties are scrambling to get to the bottom of allegations on a case-by-case basis, even if that means urging members to step down before the Ethics Committee finishes an inquiry. While rumors swirl that dozens more allegations against members are coming, congressional leaders have no process in place for sniffing out allegations of wrongdoing on their own and handle accusations as they come. The Congressional Accountability Act, passed in 1995, outlined employee rights in Congress and created an independent office to handle disputes. But that office cannot investigate claims. Members are supposed to report misconduct to the Ethics Committee, which does have investigative power. Beyond filing the initial misconduct Food service sector leads in sex misconduct claims In the male-dominated industry, chefs have absolute power. In Money report, there isn’t a blueprint for how a congressional leader is supposed to handle such a charge, particularly when many allegations are discovered through news reports. A USA TODAY survey of the congressional leadership offices found that although each office sees the Ethics Committee as the ultimate jury, how a case makes it there varies. There’s a growing sense on Capitol Hill that more allegations are coming. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have expanded the pool of members to serve essentially as the jury on ethics matters from 20 to 30. The group also expanded the number of female lawmakers. Ryan’s general counsel was approached by a friend last month with allegations of what Ryan’s office described as “troubling behavior” by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., who was accused of discussing surrogate pregnancy with two staff members. See CONGRESS, Page 2A 2017’s steady onslaught of disasters stretched FEMA to limit NEWSLINE IN NEWS McCain heads home, will miss tax bill vote Ailing senator willing to return to D.C. if his vote is needed to pass overhaul Rick Jervis IN OPINION USA TODAY Ben Carson: Don’t ignore homelessness HUD secretary reminds Americans that homelessness knows no season IN SPORTS Steelers can’t hang on to beat New England Overturned TD catch, end zone interception clinch win for Patriots QIJFAF-01005z(k)L ©COPYRIGHT 2017 USA TODAY, A division of Gannett Co., Inc. HOME DELIVERY 1-800-872-0001, USATODAYSERVICE.COM Mass protests have become tools for white nationalists. Protesters rally in Shelbyville, Tenn., in October. ANDREW NELLES/THE (NASHVILLE) TENNESSEAN Decades of pent-up anger feed white nationalist crusade Movement tailors tactics to a ripe political climate USA SNAPSHOTS© Trevor Hughes USA TODAY 54% of U.S. holiday shoppers plan to spend the same amount of money they did last year. SOURCE National Retail Federation survey of 7,439 consumers MIKE B. SMITH, VERONICA BRAVO/USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE 4A This summer’s seemingly overnight arrival of the self-described “alt-right” and white nationalist groups — marked most prominently by a deadly car attack at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August — drew worldwide headlines, but the movement simmered for decades before it burst into public view. Underlying that shift from society’s fringes to center stage is a new strategy that taps into the frustrations of white people angry at a society they say has marginalized them. President Trump’s election became TRAVEL 5B MARKETPLACE TODAY 5D DOORBELL BROKEN. SHAKE BOTTLE OF MARBLES BY DOOR © 2017 FedEx. a major rallying point for white nationalists as the Republican repeatedly amplified some of their views in campaign rallies and tweets. “It just absolutely electrified this community,” said Keegan Hankes, an analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hates groups, including the Ku Klux Klan. “They really felt like they had someone to rally behind.” The Charlottesville attack that heads to a grand jury Monday has done little to dim the movement. White nationalists have orchestrated controversial public appearances, fought and won high-profile legal battles with universities and dominated the airwaves. Building on this newfound interest, white nationalists deployed tactics See MOVEMENT, Page 2A PUZZLES 5D TONIGHT ON TV 6D George Haddow hasn’t worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in nearly two decades. So he was surprised to receive an email in September asking him to return to work on a 30-day assignment in one of the country’s multiple disaster zones. That marked the first time Haddow, a senior fellow with Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, was solicited by FEMA since leaving, a move that underscores the measures the agency has taken to deal with this year’s onslaught of disasters. “Does FEMA have the capacity as it is formed and funded right now to deal with this type of disaster year?” said Haddow, who worked at FEMA as a White House liaison from 1993 to 2001 and didn’t take the short-term assignment. “This year proves that it does not.” On many fronts, 2017 has been a record-setting year for disasters, including three major hurricanes striking U.S. shores, widespread flooding and a slew of devastating wildfires. The hurricanes caused about $370 billion in damages and about 250 deaths See FEMA, Page 2A Members of a FEMA disaster response task force gear up to search homes in flood-ravaged Puerto Rico on Sept. 23. RICK JERVIS/USA TODAY WEATHER 4A EDITORIAL 5A Don’t leave notes. Use FedEx Delivery Manager ® instead. Customize your deliveries with FedEx Delivery Manager ® . Sign up at fedex.com/delivery. Terms, restrictions and some fees apply. NEWS 2A ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Congress Continued from Page 1A The general counsel looked into the claim and found the allegations credible. Then Ryan got involved. After Franks did not deny the accusations to Ryan, the speaker said he was referring them to the Ethics Committee and urged Franks to resign, according to Ryan’s office. “Normally, the speaker or the leadership would not inject themselves into the Ethics Committee process,” said Stanley Brand, former general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives under speaker Tip O’Neill. “This is not a process being driven by legal or rules anymore. It’s being driven by public perception, and so the rules are going out the window,” said Brand, who has represented dozens of elected officials in ethics cases. “I understand why they’re acting that way, except that’s a very dangerous precedent I would think.” Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., chairman of the House Administration Committee, leads an investigation into how Congress handles all complaints. It has resulted in the House passing mandatory harassment training every year. The Senate also passed harassment training legislation. Harper said he intends to reveal amendments to the 1995 law that would handle the reporting and settlement process. He told USA TODAY he expects the review to be completed by midJanuary. Asked how Pelosi’s office would handle cases, spokesman Drew Hammill noted her call for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to be investigated by the Ethics Committee after the first news report of sexual harassment allegations from multiple former staffers. She got Conyers to step aside as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. After more allegations surfaced, she said he should resign. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesman David Popp said the Ethics Committee and Office of Compliance — which handles congressional labor and employment disputes but does not have the authority to investigate claims — have processes for dealing with allegations. No Republican senators have been accused of sexual misconduct, so there is no specific case for the Kentucky Republican’s office to point to. Movement Continued from Page 1A borrowed from the generations-old KKK and today’s far-left groups and adapted media techniques often used against them. Kyle Bristow, a self-described “altright” activist and attorney for highprofile white nationalist Richard Spencer, said corporations, the government and academia that “relentlessly” attack the nation’s traditional values have only prompted the movement’s growth. “Middle America is rallying to the flag of the alt-right,” he said. “Older generations recognize that America is no longer the place that it once was or could be, and people of this generation tend to be more conservative in trying to reclaim the America that was lost.” Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12 when a car plowed The term “alt-right” covers a loosely into opponents of a “Unite the Right” rally. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/INDYSTAR defined group whose far-right ideology includes racism, populism and white nationalism. It is embraced by white su- cer’s Twitter account has more than es of the past. They also use stratepremacists, who believe white people 80,000 followers, not all of whom necgies borrowed from left-wing groups should dominate all other races, and essarily connect with the movement. and anarchists, including mass prowhite nationalists, who say whites are a tests and lawsuits. Online communities have played a distinct nation that needs special politi- major role in modern white nationalist White nationalists have effectivecal and legal protections. ly used media coverage to spread movements, and the Foundation for the Opponents accuse white nationalists Marketplace of Ideas plays a key role in their message, move into the mainof being white supremacists in disguise sharing those voices. The foundation stream and gain members. and say the term “alt-right” is a euphe- lists freedom of speech, religion and Such rebranding of white nationmism to hide racist goals. alist ideas has allowed more Ameriequality among its tenets, then adds, cans to feel comfortable publicly Regardless of what name these “We are engaged in a total war in a fight supporting at least some of the groups choose, estimates on how many for the existence of our people, and movement’s goals, experts say. After people associate with the movement are scorched earth tactics is morally proper all, it’s hard to argue against personal difficult to come by. Many followers say in this existential struggle.” liberty, freedom of speech and law Opponents say that agenda poses a they’re reluctant to be publicly identified and order. because they fear losing their jobs or be- danger to values of individual freedom, “This is stuff that’s right out of the equality and tolerance. ing attacked for their beliefs. playbook of white nationalism from “White nationalism is inherently an The Southern Poverty Law Center decades prior,” said Brian Levin of says the murkiness serves a purpose: It ideology of violence,” Hankes said. the Center for the Study of Hate & allows white nationalists to conceal “There’s no peaceful path to that.” Extremism at California State UniDespite lip service to scorched-earth whether their movement is truly a versity in San Bernardino. “It’s not groundswell or just a highly effective tactics, white nationalists have left bejust connected to race, but also morhind many of the deeply controversial but tiny group of people. als and culture. Whenever we’re at an Online followings provide a glimpse and condemned symbols of the past in inflection point … when people feel of white nationalists’ reach. The law favor of more subtle messages to lure change and fear, they are more likely center says more than 300,000 people new members. to revert back to arguments that may They use many of the KKK’s tactics, are registered as users on the oldest be biased and comforting, as opwhite nationalist site, Stormfront, such as invoking the protection of white posed to truthful. And I think what which bills itself as “the voice of the culture and values, while avoiding the we’re seeing — people are amped up.” new, embattled white minority.” Spen- white hoods, cross-burnings and torch- FEMA Continued from Page 1A on U.S. lands, making it by far the costliest U.S. hurricane season on record. The three hurricanes affected nearly 26 million people, or 8% of the U.S. population. By mid-October, more than 4 million survivors registered for FEMA assistance — more than the number of people who registered for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma and Sandy combined, the agency said. The federal disaster response and recovery agency has been stretched to its limit, delivering aid to survivors and helping rebuild storm-wrecked cities. To compensate, it recruited workers from other federal agencies, reached out to retirees and solicited state and local agencies for help. More than 22,300 members of the federal workforce have been deployed to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. FEMA’s struggles to help damaged communities have been felt from the mountains of central Puerto Rico to the fire-mauled swaths of Northern California. “They got hammered,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Between Irma, Harvey, Puerto Rico — those are all big events. They leveraged everyone they have.” In California, FEMA set up a small team early to help survivors of the wildfires that devoured sections of the state’s wine country in October and exploded in Southern California this month, he said. As FEMA stretched its “Every piece of everything we have in the toolbox has been leveraged this year.” Mark Ghilarducci California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services workers over multiple disaster zones in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the agency asked California’s emergency management officials for help staff FEMA centers. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and I can’t remember that ever happening before,” Ghilarducci said. “Every piece of everything we have in the toolbox has been leveraged this year.” As disasters sprouted across the USA, FEMA officials tapped into 3,800 extra workers in the Department of Homeland Security’s Surge Capacity Force, as well as FEMA reservists, who are on-call for disasters. When that wasn’t enough, they made the rare move of recruiting workers from other federal departments, who needed to be quickly trained and mobilized to disaster zones. Still short-handed, FEMA sent out emails to retirees and tapped into the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC, a mutual aid agreement with states to share resources during times of need. Over the past six years, FEMA has recruited an average of 1,700 state workers per year through the EMAC agreement. This year, it’s requested 17,790 — or 10 times the recent average. Only 2005 was higher, when FEMA recruited 67,048 state workers because of Katrina and other storms. Despite the lack of manpower, FEMA has gotten to disaster zones fast and helped millions of people in need, said Mike Sprayberry, president of the National Emergency Management Association. The true test will come when these spread-out disaster zones shift from response to long-term recovery, an area FEMA also oversees, he said. Funding has been another challenge. FEMA had $2 billion on hand for disaster relief when Harvey barreled into South Texas on Aug. 17, according to the agency. Congress has passed two emergency disaster relief bills totaling more than $50 billion since then, but need is outpacing funds. Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló estimated damages to his island at about $95 billion. U.S. lawmakers are considering another multibillion-dollar request for disaster funding, but it may not pass until next month. In testimony to Congress in October, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned that disasters in the USA are more frequent and costlier because of more destructive storms and a widening gap between insured and uninsured losses. From 1995 through 2004, the White House approved 598 disaster declarations costing $37 billion in FEMA assistance. From 2005 to 2014, that number jumped to 808 disasters at a cost of $107 billion, he said. Haddow said President Trump was good at quickly declaring federal disasters to unlock money and resources, but as the disasters piled up, FEMA was overwhelmed. “They just didn’t have enough bodies,” he said. Outage strands thousands at Atlanta airport John Bacon and Greg Toppo USA TODAY A major power outage halted air traffic Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, grounding all of the hub’s outgoing flights and halting incoming traffic for tens of thousands of travelers hoping to land at the world’s busiest airport. The disruption promises to wreak havoc on one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. The outage, reported shortly after noon, forced travelers out of the darkened terminal and into an icy rain for hours. It stranded others on Atlanta’s tarmac as they waited to get off incoming flights. Others were stranded on electric trams that run between terminals — they had to be rescued by firefighters. As utility crews worked to fix the outage, passengers described a chaotic scene inside a smoke-filled terminal. Olivia Dorfman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was about to board a flight when the lights went out. Dorfman said smoke filled the area in the D Concourse. She said at least one other passenger described the acrid smoke as that of an electrical fire. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop for flights into the airport, holding them at departure airports across the world. The FAA said departures also were delayed. Late Sunday, Georgia Power said the outage was probably caused by an electrical fire at an underground facility. The utility expected to have electricity restored by midnight. In a statement, the FAA said the airport’s tower could operate normally, but departures were delayed “because airport equipment in the terminals is not working.” Malou Cadavillo and her 16-monthold granddaughter sat on a motionless luggage carousel after making it to baggage claim by the light of fellow passengers’ mobile phones. Cadavillo told the Journal-Constitution that her grandsons, 7 and 11, were uneasy. One of them said, “I hope there’s no monsters down here.” Contributing: Michael King, WXIATV, Atlanta. A power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport left passengers scrambling to find answers and options as holiday travel ramps up. ERIK S. LESSER/EPA-EFE Corrections & Clarifications USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-872-7073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Currently, however, Americans are divided from one another. We do not do everything in our power to house the homeless, feed the hungry, clothe the cold, educate the poor and support each other with the goal the betterment of everyone — even though it is all within our reach. We should be ashamed. I am. Age: 51 What do you hope to get out of your work with Vital Sites? With the help of our team, I hope to revitalize these five shotgun houses and sell them to people to live in so that Vital Sites can gather some much-needed funds to continue the important work of preservation. The bigger picture is that I will learn from the experience and talent embodied within the people of Vital Sites to improve my capabilities at historic preservation, in turn feeding my addiction to old structures. Historic Uriel J. Garcia and Dan Nowicki The Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK Sheldon Shafer Each week, this series will introduce you to an exceptional American who unites, rather than divides, our communities. To read more about Americans who are doing exceptional things, visit onenation.usatoday.com. McCain returns home, will miss tax bill vote Location: Louisville Profession: Developer Mission: “I have a duty to share” and give back preservation maintains the fabric of our past, while connecting us to our future. It activates our history on a human scale. This work is truly fascinating and not for the faint of heart. What gives you hope or what concerns you? The music scene in Louisville gives me hope. There are many examples of excellent musicians in numerous different styles. The musicians play with one another, go to see each other’s shows and support each other. It’s a microcosm of what I wish it was like in America. What do you hope to accomplish through your efforts? I hope to create five beautiful homes for five beautiful families. Nominate an American Who are your American heroes? Share stories and nominees at onenation .usatoday.com or via email to email@example.com or post a video submission to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (no longer than 2 minutes, please) with the hashtags #IAmAnAmerican #WeAreOneNation. PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain headed home to Arizona on Sunday but is willing to return to Washington if Senate Republicans need his vote this week on a sweeping tax code overhaul, President Trump said. CBS News was first to report Sunday that McCain, 81, who has a deadly form of brain cancer, was going home to celebrate Christmas with his family and would miss the tax vote. He had been hospitalized since Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for what his Senate office described as “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy.” Senate Republicans, who control the chamber with a narrow 52member majority plus Vice President Pence as tiebreaker, appear to have enough votes to pass the package without McCain. Trump was in touch with Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, and said the McCains left for Arizona. “They’ve headed back,” Trump said Sunday after returning to the White House from Camp David. “But I understand he’ll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won’t. But the word is John will come back if we need his vote. It’s too bad. He’s going through a very tough time, there’s no question about it. But he will come back if we need his vote.” As of 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, McCain’s Senate office had not made any official statement on the latest developments in his battle with glioblastoma, the aggressive brain cancer that was diagnosed in July. His daughter, television commentator Meghan McCain, tweeted Sunday afternoon that her father will be in Arizona for Christmas. “Thank you to everyone for their kind words. My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona,” she posted on Twitter, along with an encouragement for people to donate to cancer research. Ben Domenech, the senator’s sonin-law and Meghan McCain’s husband, said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation that John McCain was “in good spirits.” Trump: No plans to fire Mueller “I’m happy to say that he’s doing well. The truth is that as anyone knows whose family has battled cancer or any significant disease that oftentimes, there are side effects of treatment that you have,” he said. “The senator has been through a round of chemo, and he was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed.” McCain’s chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the past several months has taken a physical toll: He has been in a wheelchair and wore a bulky medical boot after he tore his Achilles tendon. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said his doctors gave him “a very poor prognosis.” The House of Representatives is likely to vote on the final version of the tax legislation Tuesday. Soon after, the Senate is likely to take up the measure. McCain supported an earlier Senatepassed tax bill before House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on reconciling the differences in their competing versions. McCain, who is in his sixth term as one of Arizona’s senators, had surgery in July to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. Doctors diagnosed McCain with having a tumor called glioblastoma, which is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. IN BRIEF Treasury chief can’t rule out shutdown but expects deal soon But he objects to transfer of transition team’s emails Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he couldn’t rule out a government shutdown this week if Congress deadlocks on another temporary spending bill, but he said that’s unlikely. On Fox News Sunday, Mnuchin said he expected lawmakers would understand the need to reach bipartisan agreement. Gregory Korte USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Trump said Sunday that he did not plan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, even though Trump lawyers objected to Mueller obtaining emails from Trump transition officials in his investigation into whether they colluded with Russian agents. Returning from Camp David on Sunday, Trump said that he’s not happy with the way the investigation is being handled and that transition emails were improperly turned over to investigators. “Not looking good. It’s not looking good. It’s quite sad to see that. My people were very upset to see that,” Trump said. “A lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad.” Trump was responding to a complaint that the General Services Administration turned over to investigators thousands of pages of emails to and from Trump transition officials. The GSA is responsible for running presidential transitions, and the Trump officials used government email accounts. Trump transition lawyer Kory Langhofer complained to congressional committees that the emails should not have been turned over, but the GSA maintained they are government records. Trump said he was confident the emails wouldn’t show any evidence that his campaign or transition teams colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. “I can’t imagine there’s anything on them, frankly, because as we said, there’s no collusion,” he said. Mueller’s investigation has resulted in guilty pleas by former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Mana- The president says Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is willing to return to Washington if his vote is needed on the tax overhaul the Republicans want to pass this week. McCain is being treated for brain cancer. TOM WILLIAMS/AP Refugee group slams response to hurricane in Puerto Rico President Trump said Sunday that he was unhappy about the way special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting his inquiry. PHOTOS BY ANDREW HARNIK/AP Housing is urgently needed for tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lack power and a regular source of safe water nearly three months after Hurricane Maria damaged their homes, Refugees International said in a report. The non-profit group said its team was shocked by poor coordination and logistics across the island. SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul “It’s quite sad to see that. My people were very upset. ... A lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad.” President Trump On the handling of his transition team’s emails Robert Mueller has been investigating Trump’s campaign for seven months. fort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted on conspiracy charges in connection with their lobbying for foreign governments, including Ukraine. Trump also addressed: ❚ Sen. John McCain’s health: Trump said he spoke to Cindy McCain, wife of the ailing Arizona senator, who returned to Arizona Sunday to continue receiving treatment for brain cancer. “I wish John well. I understand he’ll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won’t,” Trump said. “He’s going through a very tough time.” ❚ Cuba sanctions: Trump said Cuba violates human rights and would be subject to U.S. sanctions. Sunday wasthe second anniversary of President Obama’s partial lifting of those sanctions. “When they don’t do the right thing, we’re not going to do the right thing,” Trump said. “That’s all there is to it.” A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. Astronauts used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday. It’s the second visit for this supply ship, and only the second time a Dragon has had a repeat performance 250 miles up. The Dragon holds nearly 5,000 pounds of goods. NASA also sent up a copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nine killed as suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan Suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine and wounding more than 50. Hundreds of worshipers were at services when the bombers appeared in Quetta and clashed with security forces. From staff and wire reports NEWS 4A ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE ALABAMA Montgomery: Prosecutors News from across the USA host the city schools’ science fair after 2018, Chicago Tribune reports. say three former nursing home employees pleaded guilty to elder abuse. INDIANA Indianapolis: Officials say ALASKA Fairbanks: Kinross Gold Corp. acquired mineral rights to land estimated to have 2.1 million ounces of gold, the Daily News-Miner says. ARIZONA Willcox: The National Park Service is raising camping fees at the Chiricahua National Monument from $12 a day to $20 starting Jan. 1. ARKANSAS Little Rock: Morrilton Packing Co. is expanding pork processing operations in a $2.1 million project that will create 34 new jobs. CALIFORNIA Carson: Morning commuters on Interstate 405 were greeted by a giant inflatable hanger that will house a new semi-rigid airship. COLORADO Colorado Springs: El Paso County commissioners have agreed to allow tiny homes in unincorporated areas, The Gazette says. CONNECTICUT Southington: Police accuse a man of rigging a PTO raffle so that he won two prizes. DELAWARE Wilmington: State health officials have confirmed Delaware’s first flu-related death of the season. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A man stripped off his clothes and jumped on a passing vehicle after an accident, causing major traffic delays. FLORIDA Miami: Officials say 11 students at Kinloch Park Middle School became ill after taking unknown pills, The Miami Herald reports. IOWA Storm Lake: A Buena Vista University student is charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime involving racist graffiti, The Des Moines Register reports. NEBRASKA Lincoln: State road NEVADA Carson City: The state is awarding $2.7 million to Las Vegas police to keep testing a backlog of sexual assault evidence kits. KENTUCKY Lexington: The mother of a teen who collapsed and died at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in April filed a wrongful death suit. education and business leaders say boosting the number of people with college degrees or other key credentials is key to meeting labor needs. LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: New rules NEW JERSEY Fort Lee: Workers put will govern how high schoolers earn college credit through dual enrollment courses, The Advocate reports. up a temporary 11-foot fence along the George Washington Bridge’s south sidewalk to prevent suicides. MAINE Portland: A worker shortage NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: The has the state hiring private contractors to plow roads, The Portland Press Herald reports. University of New Mexico is suspending most Greek social events amid hazing and alcohol violations. MARYLAND Baltimore: An analysis NEW YORK New York: The city will of $670 million in capital projects finds that mostly white neighborhoods were allocated nearly twice as much as mostly minority neighborhoods, The Baltimore Sun says. pay $4 million to 470 Rikers Island inmates put back into solitary cells. WEATHER 50 52 56 On this date in 1919, New York City fell to 1 degree below zero, the city’s earliest sub-zero reading. Sacramento 62 San Francisco 61 Burns When winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere, what season starts in the Southern Hemisphere? 30 37 Carson City WISCONSIN Madison: State law- makers are considering a measure that would allow developers to build on wetlands without a permit. WYOMING Gillette: Contura Energy is selling its Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Powder River Basin, The Casper Star-Tribune reports. Compiled from staff, wire reports. OREGON Portland: A study finds that park visitors contributed more than $1 billion to the 2016 economy. 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Dodge City Anchorage WEST VIRGINIA Welch: The state OKLAHOMA Yukon: A flu outbreak 52 39 Salt Lake City St. George Alaska pa Lambda’s charter at Washington State was revoked amid hazing concerns, The Spokesman-Review says. seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that claims student protests hurt business at nearby Gibson’s Bakery. Bismarck 57 30 51 72 WASHINGTON Spokane: Alpha Kap- OHIO Oberlin: Oberlin College is Rapid City 48 Elko 49 Los Angeles Council is exploring options to build soccer fields and an amphitheater on the 60-acre Truman Wilson farm. Download our free app, now with virtual reality. 52 44 Idaho Falls Jackson Hole Reno 63 VIRGINIA Christiansburg: The Town YESTERDAY’S EXTREMES Billings 36 Fresno the state to prioritize safety upgrades on Putney Road after a woman was hurt when struck by a pickup truck. 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They deny claims, bury people in paperwork, and generally make life more difficult. But a good case can be made that America’s health care woes lie more with its providers than its insurers. Some communities are served by a single hospital or group of specialists. Some patients are reliant on a single drug. That gives these businesses enormous leverage to hike prices. In theory, insurance companies hold down costs by driving hard bargains with providers. In reality, they find it difficult to do so. UnitedHealth Group is the largest private health insurer, with about 11% of the overall market. Everyone else is less than 10% (though in local and regional markets there is more concentration). That makes these insurers plenty big enough to beat up on consumers, but too small to take on powerful health providers. The result: In the USA, 18 cents of every dollar spent goes to health care each year. In other developed countries, health care expenditures are much less, in the range of 10 cents to 12 cents per dollar. Which makes recent trends in the hospital industry all the more troubling. Two major hospital chains, Ascension and Providence St. Joseph Health, are in talks to merge, a move that would create a 191-hospital colossus operating in 27 states. This comes on top of a raft of other hospital mergers and announced mergers. That they have been in the nonprofit space, including a proposed chain of 139 Catholic-run hospitals, does not change the economics. These massive businesses run much as their for-profit brethren — and will put pressure on for-profits to merge as well. That won’t be good for consumers, or the ridiculously high premium the RICK MCKEE, THE AUGUSTA (GA.) CHRONICLE, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM The world needs smarter globalization 4th Industrial Revolution calls for agile governance Waiting in the hospital. DAVID GOLDMAN, AP American economy pays for a health care system that lacks effective cost controls. Not all mergers in health care are problematic. The proposed combination of CVS, the owner of drug stores and walk-in clinics, with Aetna, a major insurer, holds intriguing possibilities for efficiencies and more comprehensive tracking of health care decisions. It could also be argued that there should be more consolidation among insurance companies. This might not be a hugely popular concept, but it would give them more leverage to say no to costly increases demanded by hospitals and other potent health care providers. At the very least, it’s time to take a critical eye to the mega hospital empires being erected. They could be very hazardous to your health. Opposing view: Health care mergers benefit patients Rick Pollack Rapid changes in the larger health care field are leading hospitals and health systems to explore new ways to enhance quality, reduce costs, and provide more convenient access to care to meet patients’ needs on their terms. Hospitals aren’t alone: The decision by CVS to acquire health insurer Aetna is based on the idea of building a care system closer to consumers that is more responsive to their needs. Those same goals are driving some hospitals and health systems to join together. According to a recent economic study from Charles River Associates, hospital mergers can lead to substantial savings and provide needed funds to finance innovations that will enhance quality and convenience. Benefits apply whether the hospitals involved are nearby, across the state or even across the country. A larger system allows hospitals to share infrastructure costs for expensive IT and reduce overlapping overhead costs. It also expands the types of services available to patients and communities, and provides a stable foundation on which to deliver more comprehensive, coordinated and convenient care. Hospital mergers are thoroughly vetted by one of the most aggressive consumer protection agencies in the country: the Federal Trade Commission. That agency, backed up by numerous state attorneys general, conducts a thorough review of each and every merger to ensure that consumers will benefit. America’s hospitals and health systems continue to build a high-performing, patient-centered system that benefits us all. In some communities, mergers might be the only practical way to preserve services and enhance quality. In every case, the changes in the hospital field are in the service of providing a strong foundation upon which to build the health care system of the future and to continue to provide communities with the care they need in the consumer-friendly ways they expect. Rick Pollack is president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. Klaus Schwab The globalization of prosperity and openness has been derailed by broken social contracts and an ominous fear of our technological future. These can be countered through smart, adaptive leadership, but this will require a new approach to policymaking and a willingness and commitment to collaborate across stakeholders that has lately been too rare in politics. Why does the polarization of American society and the backlash against Big Tech occur at the same time that other countries are seeing similar societal shake-ups? I believe all these events are driven by the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” a phenomenon of wide-ranging disruption tearing through business models, economic and social systems, and labor markets. Technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, blockchain, gene editing, autonomous vehicles and robotics are combining in unprecedented and sometimes frightening ways. Science fiction is becoming reality. Yet there is no natural law saying we must be alienated from our inventions. Technologies and their systems reflect the context in which they were created, as well as the purpose for which they were designed. It’s therefore critical we don’t focus simply on the technologies themselves, but also on the incentives and assumptions of the economic, social and political systems influencing their development. To responsibly embrace the prospects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need permanent interaction between governments and regulatory agencies on the one hand, and business on the other. We call this interaction agile governance, and to facilitate it, we opened our Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco this year. The second big challenge for global politics and economics is the transformation of a unipolar global governance system, led by the United States, into a multipolar one, with several countries each asserting influence. It is a world where international relations may no longer be based on shared values, and where it is all the more imperative to develop and promote rules for global and regional interaction based on shared interests. It is natural that in such a world, individuals and nation states want to primarily act in their own self-interest. The “America First” doctrine is a case in point. Nevertheless, we are globally interdependent, and there are global challenges, such as terrorism and climate change, for which we have to find solutions in our common interest. The World Economic Forum is usually associated with globalization and sees its positive potential for humanity. Societies today are globally interconnected and need globalization — but we need a new type of globalization. Trade and investment engagement should not be driven by a pure focus on reducing impediments, and economic gains should serve to protect those who are losing out. In some way, we need to save globalization from its negative consequences. The idea that leveling the global playing field for trade and investment would generate prosperity for all has lost all credibility, particularly in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Every society requires a tailored global policy approach depending on its political, economic and social situation. We need to be committed to pursuing smart globalization, not the kind of “hyperglobalization” where national interests are subordinated to the imperative of creating a borderless society at all costs. The priority today must be to reestablish trust through rebuilding social cohesion. If we cannot do this, and establish a sense of belonging and purpose, we will see democratic systems replaced with authoritarian power structures. At the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, we will be committed to creating shared solutions for this fractured world. Agile governance and smart globalization are totally new paradigms for a fast-moving, complex world that requires global collaboration and local responses. The world is fast changing, and leaders have to find ways to create new positive narratives that motivate people to embrace change. Klaus Schwab is the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Homelessness knows no season. Be part of the solution. Dr. Ben Carson As much as we are tempted to look away, we cannot deny the obvious human need when we see our neighbors, forced by circumstance or a disabling condition, living on our streets and in our shelters. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest estimate shows that nearly 554,000 persons experienced homelessness on a single night last January. While the numbers show important progress is being made, they also reveal the tremendous need for affordable housing, especially in high-cost areas such as Los Angeles and Seattle. Meanwhile, there is a growing list of cities, counties and states where we’re seeing reductions in homelessness, even ending homelessness among veterans or others living on the streets for long periods of time. Most recently, local leaders in the Kansas City and Pittsburgh areas declared an effective end to veteran homelessness. There has been a growing mountain of data showing that a housing-first approach works to reduce not only costs to taxpayers but also the human toll. Once we give people a stable place to live, it becomes much easier to provide mental and physical health treatment, education and job training — essential rungs on the ladder out of homelessness. As we prepare to turn the calendar on another year, we can say without hesitation that we know how to end homelessness. Still, there are larger economic forces at work that require marketwide response to the affordable rental housing crisis. HUD and our local partners are on the front lines in this struggle. While the level of targeted assistance continues to grow, the level of need remains high. HUD programs and local initiatives such as Measure H in Los Angeles County, which is providing more than $355 million annually over 10 years to fund ongoing services and housing, can be part of the solution. During the holiday season, most of us will enjoy hearth and home with families and friends. By contrast, homelessness knows no season. As a nation, let us not look away. Dr. Ben Carson is the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. WANT TO COMMENT? Have Your Say at firstname.lastname@example.org, @USATOpinion on Twitter and facbook.com/usatodayopinion. Comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. 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SKOULAS/GREECE NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION 5 milestones from 2017 that mattered to investors From Bitcoin mania to the Dow’s rapid rise, it was a frenzied year Adam Shell USA TODAY It was a year of head-turning milestones in the financial world. Here are five landmark moments on Wall Street that made front-page news in 2017 and captured the public’s imagination: Dow power Blue-chip stocks in the Dow barreled through 1,000-point milestones at the most prolific pace in its 121-year history. The first landmark the 30-stock index passed was 20,000, which came amid great fanfare in January, five days after President Trump took office. Dow 21K, 22K, 23K and 24K weren’t far behind. The Dow Jones industrial average now sits less than 350 points below 25,000, and is up 25% for the year after notching 69 record highs. The buzz on Wall Street is that more records and milestones are ahead in 2018. “Twenty-five thousand is too close, and no one sees that as a ceiling,” says Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG, a New York-based bank. Dow 30K anyone? Famed chef Mario Batali is losing his grip on his empire after being accused of sexually harassing women. AP Sex harassment claims boil up at restaurants In male-dominated industry, chefs have absolute power Zlati Meyer USA TODAY A trader on the NYSE celebrates Dow 24K on Nov. 30, the day the Dow closed above that mark for the first time. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES Tesla’s electric run-up In April, the electric car maker led by visionary CEO Elon Musk did the unimaginable: It briefly overtook General Motors as the most valuable U.S. auto company, based on stock market value. Climbing to No. 1 less than seven years after it started selling shares to the public, Tesla showed Detroit and the auto industry that electric-powered cars and driverless vehicles could be the future. Tesla’s current market value of $57.7 billion trails GM by roughly $500 million. Will the innovative and disruptive auto company — which recently said it would make an electric semi for truckers — regain the No. 1 spot in 2018? Not if auto analysts are right. They have an average price target of $305.55 for Tesla shares, 11% below current levels. In contrast, GM’s stock is projected to rise 15%. Apple: First stock worth $900B Sexual harassment allegations, which have rocked the entertainment, political and media worlds, are stirring up in the restaurant industry. Not only are a batch of celebrity chefs being called out for their behavior, but new allegations are emerging among the rank and file, as well. More than 14% of the 41,250 sexual harassment claims filed in the USA from 2005 to 2015 were in the entire food service and hospitality sector, more than any other industry, according to the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress. Though the accusations surfacing so far come mostly from the fine-dining world, experts say it’s only a matter of time before accusers at lower-end restaurants come forward, too. This week, five women who used to work at the McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant chain filed a suit alleging sexual harassment. The Washington, D.C., firm Hart Research Asso- See HARASSMENT, Page 2B FRIDAY MARKETS INDEX In early November, the iPhone maker and world’s most valuable company became the first U.S. stock to reach a market value of $900 billion. The success of the iPhone X, and a big investment and endorsement from billionaire Warren Buffett, propelled Apple shares to a 50% gain in a year in which tech is the stock market’s top-performing industry. The countdown to a $1 trillion market cap for CEO Tim Cook’s company has begun. For Apple to become the first “trillion-dollar stock,” its shares, which closed Friday at $173.87, would have to climb 12% to roughly $195. ciates found that in the fast-food industry in 2016, 40% of women experienced unwanted sexual behaviors on the job — with African-American and Latina women more likely to be victimized than white women. Yet those cases haven’t garnered the kind of attention that has landed a series of celebrity chefs in scalding water this past week. On Monday, celebrity chef Mario Batali backed away from his restaurant empire and lost his TV gigs after multiple accusations. The next day, The New York Times revealed that former employees of renowned New York City restaurateur Ken Friedman pointed their fingers at him for alleged sexual harassment. On Wednesday, ABC dropped The Great American Baking Show because of allegations against chef Johnny Iuzzini by former employees at the upscale New York City restaurant Jean-Georges. Why the restaurant industry is ripe for sexual harassment charges: Dow Jones industrials Dow for the week Nasdaq composite S&P 500 T-bond, 30-year yield T-note, 10-year yield Gold, oz. Comex Oil, light sweet crude Euro (dollars per euro) Yen per dollar CLOSE 24,651.74 1.3% 6936.58 2675.81 2.68% 2.35% $1254.30 $57.30 $1.1757 112.63 CHG x x x x y x x y x 143.08 322.58 80.06 23.80 0.03 unch. 0.50 0.26 0.0035 0.45 Rhapsody in Blue SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM USA SNAPSHOTS© Bitcoin mania Bitcoin, the digital currency often derided as a fad, a fraud and a bubble, moved ever closer to the investment mainstream after wowing investors, Bitcoin believers and speculators with gains of more than 1,700%. The meteoric rise of the world’s best-known and most highly-valued cryptocurrency has caught the attention of Wall Street, which has rushed to find ways to profit from the emerging and mysterious asset. In a sign that widespread acceptance may be coming, roughly five dozen hedge funds now specialize in cryptocurrency investing; two major exchanges have launched Bitcoin futures trading; and many investment firms are rushing to get approval for index funds and exchange traded funds to make it easier for mom-and-pop investors to gain access to this See MILESTONES, Page 2B 33% of small-business owners marked either Christmas or New Year’s Day as a regular workday. Fancy Light Blue Diamond Ring • 2.01 Carats • GIA Certified Pink Diamonds: 0.94 ctw. • White Diamonds: 0.48 ctw. 888.814.6279 SOURCE Kabbage survey of 400 small-business owners JAE YANG, JANET LOEHRKE/USA TODAY Antiques • Fine Art • Jewelry Since 1912 rauantiques.com MONEY 2B ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY 4 tips for a happy retirement Ken Fisher Columnist Special to USA TODAY Is retirement near? Are you among the 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 daily? It’s exciting, yet daunting — freedom tainted with dreaded aging. Here are my four favorite lifestyle tips for happy retirement, culled from decades of working with retired folk. Manage your health Of course, follow your doctor’s lead on tests and care. And watch out for stealthier risks. Example: Chronic liver disease is skyrocketing among older people and is often undiagnosed until too late. While booze-linked, it’s increasingly affecting non-drinkers, too. Don’t wait. Get screened. Falling down is another big health concern for older folks. So don’t be afraid to talk about it. The Centers for Disease Control estimates onethird of retirement age adults fall annually, often incurring injury. For those over 80, half break a hip and half of those die from pneumonia — 25% fatal. Yet few speak up, fearing they’ll lose independence. Without help they get more sedentary and weak, and that could mean even more falling. Don’t let that be you. Your doctor may diagnose why you fell, which helps prevent future stumbles. One great tactic: Join exercise classes. Tai chi, yoga or any balance-oriented training can work wonders. Choose your best place to live Have you ever scanned “best retirement cities” lists? They’re mostly focused on weather and cost of living — important, but not everything. What fun is a warm, cheap retirement if it’s lonely? For millions, community and lifestyle Maintenance and upkeep can sap your energy in retirement. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO are key. Ponder the lifestyle you covet. Do you want to visit grandchildren weekly? Or are you OK with a FaceTime relationship and occasional visit? Do you crave outdoorsy activities such as hiking and hunting? Or urban subtleties such as theater, symphony and crowd watching? Do you want walkable communities and public transportation? Or do you like long drives? Figure it out first. Then, find where it’s abundant. If you’re going to move, rent before buying to test it out. A home purchase mistake costs money — also aggravation. Still, you may decide against relocating. Realtor.com estimates 85% of retirees stay where they raised their children. A lifetime of social connections is irreplaceable. Pick the right home Fill your time with fun This isn’t just a “to downsize or not to downsize” quandary. Some folks buy their retirement dream home in the town they treasure, but in some isolated neighborhood they soon hate. That’s January Effect: Ignore this investing advice Mark Hulbert Columnist USA TODAY The January Effect used to be a reliable way for traders to turn a quick buck between late December and early January. But, on Wall Street at least, all good things come to an end. In fact, this famous year-end pattern stopped working some 15 years ago. Old beliefs die hard, however, and many brokers continue to urge clients to trade based on it. Gee, do you think brokers are letting their judgment be colored by the desire to earn commission income? The January Effect refers to the tendency of stocks of the smallest companies to outperform those of the largest firms over the last part of December and the first part of January. Though traders over the years have used different dates for entering and exiting the trade, one popular approach several decades ago was to initiate it on Dec. 20 and close it on Jan. 9. Consider the track record of a hedging strategy that for this three-week period invested in a basket of small caps, as represented by the Russell 2000 index, while simultaneously selling short an equal dollar amount of large-cap stocks, as represented by the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Selling a stock short, of course, is a bet that its price will decline. This hedge makes money to the extent small caps outperform large caps and even turns a profit when the stock market as a whole is falling — so long as the small caps don’t decline as much as the large-cap stocks. While this strategy didn’t always work in the 1980s and early 1990s, it did more often than not. Its gain averaged between three and four percentage points per year. These returns might not initially strike you as all that noteworthy, but in fact they are quite impressive for just a three-week holding period. Since the late 1990s, however, the strategy’s profitability has been steadily declining. Over the last 15 years, on average it has produced a 0.5-percentage- more annoying once you stop driving. Retirement experts routinely recommend simple questions: How easily can you go for ice cream? Years from now, will you be able to afford drivers for all the little things? Or would you like life’s simple pleasures just blocks away, nearby your doctor and basic services? Next: Apartment or house? Independent living or retirement community? Houses are roomier. And some love gardening. But maintenance and upkeep sap elderly energy. Even changing light bulbs can require assistance late in life — one reason to minimize vaulted ceilings. Stairs, too. Sixty is the new 40, but stairs are hyper-hazardous when truly elderly. Again, falling kills. Retirement communities handle most of these concerns, but you may miss younger folks and their energy. point loss. What caused the strategy’s deterioration and eventual disappearance? No one knows for sure, because researchers never found conclusive evidence of why it existed in the first place. One of the best-known academic analyses of the January Effect, for example, called it “The Stock Market’s Unsolved Mystery.” The most likely culprit, however, is that the strategy became too popular, since that can kill the goose that lays the golden egg. After all, if enough investors know that small-cap stocks will perform well in late December and early January, they will try to get a jump-start on other traders by investing in them prior to late December. That in turn pushes prices up and cuts or eliminates the gains that otherwise could be realized from the strategy. The January Effect refers to the tendency of stocks of the smallest companies to outperform those of the largest firms. The broader moral of this story is that if something seems too good to be true it probably is. It’s not that there aren’t patterns in the stock market that we can exploit for a profit. The problem is that we’re competing with thousands of Wall Street analysts whoscour the historical record to find — and profit from — such patterns. The chances of any of us finding those patterns before they do are close to zero. The late Harry Browne, the former investment newsletter editor and onetime Libertarian Party candidate for president, constantly reminded us: “Almost nothing turns out as expected. … Investment advisers with records of phenomenal success fail to deliver when your money is on the line.” Mark Hulbert is founder of the Hulbert Financial Digest. Did you know retirement can cause depression? Even if your job was a drag, it gave you purpose. Beat back the boredom blues with hobbies, volunteer- Harassment Continued from Page 1B ❚ Too often, it’s a man’s world. Though plenty of women are rising through the ranks, restaurants remain male-dominated. The majority of highend eateries are helmed by men, and chain restaurants have many male location managers. Owners and chefs often have absolute power in a fiefdom-style structure. It becomes even more pronounced at restaurants where the owner or head chef also has built a cult of personality. Sure, not everyone is a Batali, but charismatic chefs can build a following inside and outside the building — and with that an I-get-what-I-want ego. “The restaurant is not going to fire a chef with a (famous) name because he’s responsible for bringing in revenue,” said Susan Strauss, a Minnesota-based harassment and bullying expert. “It’s much easier to poo-poo or diminish an individual employee.” ❚ Food equals sex. Restaurants aren’t dentistry practices or insurance agencies. The nation’s obsession with gourmet-level food has an undercurrent of sensuality and hedonism, which makes restaurants stand apart from offices and factories. Throw in the availability of alcohol at the bar and you have the makings of some real trouble. “You forget the restaurant is a workplace and you think of it as a casual, informal place people with friends and family, and you have different rules there,” Strauss said. ❚ An adrenaline rush. Restaurants are high-pressure environments as everyone hustles to prepare and serve cus- Milestones Continued from Page 1B new investment. Wall Street is split on whether the Bitcoin boom will continue in the new year. $1,000-stock club It’s a select group, and both Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet joined the “$1,000 Stock Club” this year. The two ing or even a part-time job. Check out community college course catalogs for art classes or anything striking your fancy. Offer to teach classes in your specialty. Think about part-timing at some retail boutique you like. To keep fit, find groups for biking, hiking, jogging, tennis or dancing. If volunteering, ponder the most fun way to spend that time — with children, in nature, with animals, at museums, the library — abundant choices. You’ll make friends, too, which reduces depression. Fun is the most important of these four. It affects your attitude, which drives your body. Start now. Have the merriest Christmas possible by offering kindness to those around you. It will pay you back immediately, boosting your psyche heading into 2018. And I’ll see you Jan. 2, when my next column appears. Ken Fisher is the founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, author of 11 books and is No. 200 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. tomers quickly. Amid chefs barking orders and waiters demanding entrees faster comes a rush-rush-rush mood that can lead to snarky comments and inappropriate behavior. “When people are working together on deadline, then there’s relief,” said San Francisco State University professor John Sullivan, a human-resources expert. “It’s the feeling of success. ‘We finished!’ and then, there’s a tendency to hug each other and be free, a ‘We’re all in this together’ kind of thing.” ❚ Close quarters. Chefs, servers, dishwashers and table cleaners work in close proximity, often in cramped kitchens or narrow spaces between tables. “You tend to have lots of young people in very tight spaces. Sometimes it’s a very fun environment and there’s banter going back and forth. Sometimes that crosses the line,” said Michael Cramer, a Chicago-based labor lawyer who gives workshops about sexual harassment in the workplace. ❚ Young people abound. Many staffers lower down the food chain are young. Perhaps it’s even their first job. They might not have a strong grasp on what is and isn’t acceptable. And in the case of some restaurants, the managers are only a few years older themselves and not trained well about how to maintain a safe workspace and how to deal with workers’ complaints about sexual misconduct, Cramer said. For others, restaurant jobs are a last resort. People who need to hold on to those paychecks are unlikely to complain even if they’re treated badly. That especially holds true for workers who are undocumented. “I was a busboy,” Cramer said. “I got groped by women waitresses. I was a 16-year-old kid. I didn’t know.” tech stocks have joined Priceline as the only ones in the S&P 500 stock index with share prices above $1,000. Amazon, whose shares are up 57%, has cemented its reputation as the king of online retailing, and is aggressively moving into new businesses such as groceries and health care. Google, which is up 35%, continues to dominate the digital advertising business. If Amazon and Google want to remain in this upper tier, they would have to avoid stock market declines of roughly 15% and 7%, respectively. MONEY USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 3B Ways to save (or splurge!) on vacay A few options for both ends of the economic scale Larry Bleiberg Special to USA TODAY There’s more than one way to take a trip. Whether you’re heading to Europe, planning a beach holiday or taking a cruise, a vacation can be a bargain — or cost a small fortune. High-end trips may provide personalized attention, exclusive access and lavish surroundings. But budget options have appeal too, offering a chance to get away in comfort without draining your bank account. Here are choices at both ends of the economic scale. Prices often fluctuate and usually apply to specific dates. Exploring Europe Save: Visit bucket-list sites such as the Acropolis and Olympia on a bargain eight-day excursion to Greece. Even with international airfare from New York, the price starts at just $1,289 for an off-season visit until April, based on double occupancy. The “Essential Greece” package, from Gate 1, includes four nights in Athens and a multiday bus tour, with one night in Olympia and one in either Delphi or Arachova. The trip is partially escorted, meaning that aside from a guided tour, you’ll be largely on your own in Athens, although additional outings are available for a charge, and a tour manager will join the group once it leaves the city. The price includes airport transfers, eight meals and hotels. Info: gate1travel.com Splurge: It’s one thing to visit Continent, but it’s something else to do it in style. Trav- With wide beaches and low costs, Gulf Shores, Ala., attracts visitors year-round. GULFSHORES.COM elers on eight-day, small-group tours offered by Tauck meet insiders such as Carolyn Robb, the former personal chef to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and with Celia Sandys, the granddaughter of Winston Churchill. Other perks include seeing a play in London’s West End theater district and afternoon tea at the elegant Fortnum & Mason department store. After four nights in London, the trip crosses under the English Channel to Paris on the Eurostar train for a bypass-theline tour of the Louvre, a visit to Versailles and other sites. The trip, called “A Week In … London & Paris” starts at $5,990 per person, double occupancy for departure in May. It includes most meals, but not airfare. Info: tauck.com Beach escape Save: Some of the world’s top-rated beaches lie on the Gulf Coast, yet prices in places such as Gulf Shores, Ala., are surprisingly low. For example, until March 1, a one-bedroom beachfront rental in the Island Winds West condominium complex runs about $450 for a discounted, three-day midweek stay, including service charges and taxes. Info: youngssuncoast.com Settle in and you’ll discover why Gulf Shores attracts thousands of snowbirds — the nickname for retirees who visit during winter. The area’s known for calm, clear water and wide open white-sand beaches, perfect for long walks. There are also fishing charters, championship public golf courses and nearby outlet shopping. Info: gulfshores.com Splurge: If you want to live the California dream, check out the Montage at Laguna Beach, Calif. Each of the 248 rooms, suites and bungalows at the Craftsman-style resort offer ocean views. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has a 20,000 square-foot spa, with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and an openair fitness center. Its heated mosaic-tiled pool offers rental cabanas with complimentary Evian and Pellegrino spring water and flat-screen TVs with Netflix and Hulu. A winding staircase leads down to the beach, or leave the grounds entirely for sailing, kayak tours or whale watching. Rooms start at $599 per night, plus a $38 per room daily resort fee and taxes. Additional charges for parking and tours. Info: montagehotels.com/ lagunabeach/ Cruise vacation Save: Although most cruises leave from Florida, finding a trip closer to home can cut the expense of traveling to meet your ship For example, Royal Caribbean’s five-day trips from Galveston, Texas, run as little as $269 per person, plus $74.40 in fees, and tips of $13.50 per person, per day. The ship, Vision of the Seas, makes two stops in Mexico, visiting Progreso and Cozumel. Shore excursions, which carry an additional cost, range from visits to archaeological sites to off-shore snorkeling trips. The 20-year-old ship was upgraded five years ago. With a top capacity of about 2,000 passengers, it’s smaller than new megaships, which makes it ideal for relaxing during two full days at sea. Amenities in- clude a spa, fitness center and adults-only solarium. Info: royalcaribbean.com Splurge: A ship can make a great base to explore an exotic country. Consider Scenic Cruises’ 11-day trip, which sails the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 66-passenger Scenic Spirit stops in tiny villages and bustling cities such as Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Travelers can visit floating markets, receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk and join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Guests spend three nights in Siem Reap, providing time to explore the famed Angkor Wat temple ruins. Back on board, a private butler will attend to your needs, from pressing clothes to restocking the no-cost minibar. Indeed, there’s no additional charge for alcohol, or much else. Prices on the “Luxury Mekong & Temples Discovery” cruise begin at $3,845 per person for July sailings. Those who book before March can save $1,000 per couple, or get free airfare. Info: scenic usa.com FUN FACT Consider a neighborhood hotel instead of staying in a business or tourist district. You’ll save on your nightly rate, and get a more authentic city experience at locally owned shops and restaurants. PRESENTED BY 12/18 MONEY 4B ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Mom’s smile beamed when St. Jude was mentioned . . . faithfully dedicated to the Saint of hopeless causes. Yes she was! Mom would be so honored that we have partnered for 24 years with St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Danny Thomas’ memory and Marlo Thomas stir the Miracles of St. Jude in the minds of parents; stricken children around the world translate it into . . . Hope! Please . . . embrace with your generous charity; for our children, it's a wish for – Cure! “won’t you help us return a child to this swing ” The names and logos of ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are used with their permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product or company. ©2017 ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (25588) ©2017 National Beverage Corp. Logo is a registered trademark of National Beverage Corp. MONEY USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 5B TRAVEL Marriott is pouring on the luxury Largest hotel company in the world will open nearly 40 properties in ’18 Nancy Trejos The St. Regis Cairo is set to open in Egypt’s capital in 2018. PHOTOS USA TODAY BY MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL Marriott International is planning to open nearly 40 luxury hotels next year in an effort to target affluent travelers. Marriott, the largest hotel company in the world after its purchase early this year of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has eight luxury brands. Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson had said one of the reasons for acquiring Starwood was to expand its global footprint. It plans to do so next year with its luxury brands. The brands include The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION and JW Marriott. Marriott has a total of 31 brands that also include economy and midscale options. The Ritz-Carlton already has 94 hotels in 31 countries. Next year, the brand will debut six properties, including one in China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley. Existing properties such as The RitzCarlton, Berlin, and The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, will be renovated next year. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand, which has three properties in operation, will add the Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Los Cabos, Mexico, to its portfolio. St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, which has 42 hotels in 21 countries, will introduce new properties in destinations such as Cairo and Amman. The St. Regis Rome will also go through a renovation next year. The W Hotel brand will reach 75 properties by 2020. Next year, the brand will get eight new hotels in cities such as Tel Aviv, Dubai, Panama City and Brisbane, Australia. EDITION, the brand co-created with hotelier Ian Schrager, will reach 20 hotels by 2020. Seven new hotels are ex- Several Ritz-Carlton brand hotels will be renovated next year, as well. The Barcelona EDITION will be one of seven openings for the brand in 2018. Other sites include New York City. pected to open next year. They will be located in: Shanghai, Bangkok, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, New York, West Hollywood and Bodrum, Turkey. The Luxury Collection of indepen- Before you buy that shiny new car, be sure to take a very long test drive On Travel Christopher Elliott USA TODAY If you’re looking for a new car, here’s a little advice from your fellow travelers: Take your time. I mean, really take your time. Test drive the vehicle a few extra miles, or hundreds of miles, to make sure the designers didn’t take the day off when they signed off. I’m not being cute. Some of today’s cars are so thoughtlessly designed that they leave travelers cramped and annoyed. If you’re planning to take a lengthy road trip this spring or summer, you don’t want to be stuck in one of these uncomfortable cars. “Most drivers and passengers today are looking for three things,” explains Chris Ludwig, a senior director at Harman International, which develops car technology. “Comfort, convenience and connectivity.” That sounds simple, but it’s not. Many new vehicles are more flashy than functional, which may move a car off the sales lot, but down the road can really rub you the wrong way. The fix: careful evaluation, reading customer reviews and common sense. It’s something to keep in mind during the coming weeks, which happens to be one of the best times to buy a new set of wheels. But let’s talk annoyances. Of the three “C”s Ludwig mentioned, the biggest seems to be connectivity. And it’s the chargers that really drain travelers. Joshua Zweighaft, a flight attendant for an airline based in New York, is irked by the wireless charger in his Cadillac, which is located behind a display screen. “I can’t access the phone or vehicle touch-screen while charging,” he complains. I’ve been driving a Ford Explorer for the last few weeks and have encountered similar challenges. Sure, there’s a compartment where I can store my phone, but if I’m using it for navigation, stashing it away is pointless. The armrest makes a handy perch for my handset, except when I make a turn and it You can rent a car and try it on for size before committing to buying it. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO How to avoid bad car design ❚ Test a car like you mean it. Run a new vehicle through the paces when you test drive it. Check the cup holders, the chargers, cruise control and, of course, the navigation system. Better yet, see if you can rent the car before you own it and take it on a nice, long road trip. ❚ Find out what others say. Check out the auto review sites to find out how they review your car. Sites Such as Edmunds.com and CarandDriver.com can offer valuable information on a new vehicle. And ask your friends for a recommendation, too. ❚ Be a critic. Most importantly, rely on your inner automotive critic. A slight discomfort or annoyance will feel much worse after eight hours of driving. Don’t brush off even the slightest inconvenience to focus on a “bargain” or stylish exterior, because it will come back to haunt you. slides into a crack. So it rests in the cup holder, where it jostles for space with my hot tea or my son’s phone. To be fair, I love the in-seat massage. It could be worse. A gear shift and center armrest blocked the cup holders on Katrina Keating’s Jeep Compass. “They were only easy to access when the car was stopped,” says Keating, a math professor from Oakland. Car designers make other assumptions about drivers that they shouldn’t. Lisa Schwarz, a fellow journalist who writes for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, says the seat belts on many new car models are too high for anyone under 6 feet. “I constantly fear being decapitated,” she jokes. The belts on many cars are adjustable, of course, but the ones on her Mini Cooper aren’t. The litmus tests of usability are the lights and windshield wipers. Interior designers get clever and place them in a non-standard place, and that’s confusing to drivers. Marilyn Daggett, a retired music teacher from Ahwatukee, Ariz., is puzzled when she rents a new car. “Once, it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to turn on the lights at dusk,” she says. And don’t get me started on the onboard computers and navigation systems. Even the most high-end luxury car today seems to boast a system designed in the ’90s. The onboard computer on an SUV I rented was a special kind of infuriating. In addition to the usual issues — the alphabetic keyboard and the inability to enter a destination unless the vehicle was fully stopped — it added one unexpected bonus: Whenever I changed lanes, the car warned me that I was tired and needed to pull over immediately. Good car design isn’t easy, says Chris Hilts, Buick’s interior design director. It involves extensive market research and analysis and the ability to project a trend three to four years in the future. But there are other reasons why car design seems to be stuck in the Dark Ages. A survey by Shift, a marketplace for buying and selling, found that features such as navigation, auxiliary inputs and USB connectors were the least desired features, with only 10% of customers saying they wanted them. Christopher Elliott is a consumer advocate and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. Contact him at email@example.com or visit elliott.org. dent hotels now has 102 hotels in more than 30 countries. Next year, 10 properties will join the collection in locations such as Los Cabos, Mexico, Savannah, Ga., Vail, Colo., and Okinawa, Japan. JW Marriott now has 79 hotels and resorts in about 30 countries. Scheduled openings for next year include locations in Nashville and the Maldives. Renovations are also in the works in places such as the JW Marriott Bangkok and Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel in London. ASK THE CAPTAIN Does Michigan really look like a mitten from the air? John Cox Special to USA TODAY Question: Living in Michigan, I’ve never flown past the entire state. Can you see the outline of the mitten from the air at normal cruising altitude? — Drew Henderson, East Lansing Answer: On a very clear day, you can see much of the Michigan “mitten” from cruising altitude. Q: Does the moon affect turbulence as it does with tides? — Wendy Lyall, South Africa A: No, moon phase does not affect turbulence. Q: How do you control the plane? Is it like a horse? — Jamie, Elkins (no state given) A: You control the airplane with inputs to the flight controls via the yoke or side stick. It is definitely not like a horse. Q: A Dutch proposal is to build circular runways to save space. Could pilots accommodate that? — Lee Copeland, Salt Lake City A: It may be technically possible, but I have not seen any indication of interest by airports. Having a circular runway would create some unique performance problems. I have seen the Dutch proposal but not much activity in the industry. Q: If you are traveling at the speed of light, would your headlights work? — Shirley, Ariz. A: They would work, but the question is could you see them? This is a wonderful hypothetical that is posed frequently in university physics classes. Have a question about flying? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. 6B ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY MONEY E4 USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ SECTION C IN SPORTS Dodgers primed for spending spree Nightengale: 2018 free agent class will cash in 2C College football bowl season Scores plus dates/TV times for all other games 5C Sun Devils are a big surprise Bobby Hurley, left, has Arizona State rolling 6C JOE CAMPOREALE/USA TODAY SPORTS SPORTSLINE NFL WEEK 15 FIRST WORD Mike Jones Columnist I’m sure the players that Putin wants over there, they’re going to wind up there somehow. I’m going to prepare as if it’s (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Ilya) Kovalchuk and all their big boys. ... I’m assuming we will still play that team.” USA TODAY Richardson to sell Panthers U.S. men’s hockey coach Tony Granato to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on his expectations for a Russian team that must play as neutral at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Announcement comes amid investigation NOTABLE NUMBERS 8, 24 Jersey numbers worn by Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, both of which will be retired in a halftime ceremony Monday at Staples Center against the Warriors. TWEET OF THE DAY @SpeakerRyan @AaronRodgers12 returns to the field today and Congress is taking a historic vote this week on #TaxReform. It doesn’t get much better than this. #GoPackGo House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, on the Packers quarterback going into Sunday’s game. Unlike the Packers on Sunday, Ryan’s tax plan is expected to win. Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James can’t hold on to the ball as he falls across the goal line late in Sunday’s game. CHARLES LECLAIRE/USA TODAY SPORTS Patriots do it to Steelers again New England rallies for key road win LAST WORD Jarrett Bell I think he has a whole different perspective.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo on visiting former player Keith Appling, 25, who is serving a year in Wayne County Jail for carrying a concealed weapon and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer. He was arrested three times on gun charges in a four-month period in 2016, though two of them were dismissed as part of his plea agreement. Edited by USA TODAY Sports Columnist USA TODAY PITTSBURGH – It seemed like a nolose situation for Ben Roethlisberger. Find a target in the end zone for a game-winning touchdown or throw the ball away and set up a chip-shot field goal to force overtime. But think again. These were the New England Patriots that Roethlisberger was trying to beat. It is never that simple. After Roethlisberger took the snap on third-and-goal from the 7, he began with a fake spike. And fooled no one on the other side. Uh-oh. The Patriots were ready for this. Traffic was heavy when the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tried to squeeze a pass over the middle to Eli Rogers that Eric Rowe deflected into the waiting arms of safety Duron Harmon. The end-zone interception sealed yet another New England victory 2724 and was maybe more heartbreaking than other Steelers setbacks in this one-sided series because they sure had them on the ropes for much of this encounter. “We saw it on film,” Harmon told See BELL, Page 4C SEATTLE – With allegations of workplace misconduct — both sexual and racial in nature — swirling around him even as he finds himself at the center of an NFL-led investigation, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has decided to sell his team. In a letter published on the team’s website, Richardson didn’t address his alleged misdeeds but did say, “I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership” and that he hopes that “everyone in this organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on just one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl.” Good. Whether Richardson reached this conclusion on his own or whether he was pressured to do so, this had to happen. Yes, it’s stunning news. NFL owners don’t just sell their team at the drop of a hat. Scratch that. Pro sports owners don’t sell their franchises at the drop of a hat. The only such instance came in 2014 when the NBA’s Donald Sterling was forced to sell his Los Angeles Clippers after recordings of his racist comments were made public. Now, while dealing with a scandal of his own, Richardson is headed for the door. And his decision came just hours after the NFL announced that it was taking over the investigation into his behavior. Given the nature of the accusations against the 81-year-old, there’s no way he could rightfully maintain ownership. Details still are trickling out about the nature of the accusations against Richardson. But he has already paid at least four former Panthers employees “significant” monetary settlements after using sexually suggestive language and behavior and after also directing a racial slur at an AfricanAmerican scout, according to Sports Illustrated. With Richardson moving to sell the team before the investigation’s completion, you can’t help but assume that even more damning evidence See RICHARDSON, Page 4C Our road record is hard to beat. Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. 12-26-17 5:15 pm EST SPORTS 2C ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY NFL RODGERS’ RETURN CAN’T SAVE PACKERS USA TODAY ANALYSIS Pete Dougherty Green Bay Press-Gazette/USA TODAY Network CHARLOTTE – As Aaron Rodgers put it, this was not what he envisioned a little more than eight weeks ago while lying in a hospital bed waiting to have surgery on his broken right collarbone. The Green Bay Packers quarterback met his ambitious goal of returning this week with the team still very much alive in its quest to qualify for the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season. But Rodgers needed to play at, or at least near, an MVP level in a road game against a good Carolina Panthers team in his first game back. And while he had moments of brilliance Sunday, he also showed too much rust on several passes, including three underthrown interceptions, for the Packers to win. And so the Packers’ season effectively ended at Bank of America Field. Every year with Rodgers at quarterback is Super Bowl or bust, and now 2017 is bust. “Obviously, I saw it going a little differently,” Rodgers said as he thought back to the day of his surgery. “But I’m proud of our guys for the way they played the last few weeks. Today, disappointed. I didn’t play very well. Obviously, I hold myself to a high standard. I expected to play well. It’s a good defense, but I made too many mistakes. Even still, we had a chance there at the end to come back and tie it.” Now the question is whether Rodgers should play this week against Minnesota or shut it down for the season. Coach Mike McCarthy’s non-answers after the game sounded as if they’re at least considering sitting him, and really it’s the wise thing to do if they’re officially out of the playoffs come Monday night. The Packers’ playoff chances are almost nil. If Atlanta beats Tampa Bay on Monday night — and the Falcons are a 10point favorite — the Packers officially are out. In that case, there’s no reason to play Rodgers. The decision to clear him last week obviously wasn’t clear cut; that’s why it took two days to make. General manager Ted Thompson and team physician Pat McKenzie made the right calculation there, because the Packers’ playoff chances were real, and if they won their final three games, anything was possible in the postseason. They showed that last season in advancing to the NFC Champi- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had three passes intercepted Sunday in Carolina. “I expected to play well. It’s a good defense, but I made too many mistakes,” he said. JIM MATTHEWS/USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN onship Game. But to take that same risk without the playoffs at stake doesn’t make sense. The Packers don’t want Rodgers dealing with possible complications from a reinjury, let alone getting a late jump in his offseason work, just because he broke his collarbone again in a game with only professional pride on the line. If Atlanta were to lose, though, then the Packers have to play Rodgers. At that point, the odds wouldn’t be good, but they’re not as bad as you might think either. Basically, for the 7-7 Packers to get in with nine wins, Atlanta after the assumed loss Monday night would have to lose its last two games, at New Orleans and at home against Carolina. That’s certainly not a reach. Also, Seattle would have to lose one of its last two (at Dallas and at home against Arizona). And Dallas would have to lose one of its last three (Sunday night against Oakland, at home against Seattle, and at Philadelphia). That’s enough of chance to justify playing Rodgers against Minnesota on Saturday. But chances are Atlanta will win Monday night and that will be that. McCarthy’s and Rodgers’ equivocations on his status for next week lead me to think they’re at minimum considering not playing him. “We’ll get back and we’ll assess it,” McCarthy said. “We play a game in six days.” Said Rodgers, “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow and make a decision at that point.” Of course the Packers defense has to claim its share of responsibility for this 31-24 loss. It gave up 31 points, including leaving Greg Olsen uncovered on a 30yard touchdown. And coordinator Dom Capers’ corps couldn’t contain Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and Olsen on third downs: Six of Carolina’s first seven third-down conversions were either completions to McCaffrey or Olsen or a scramble by Newton. But this was still a very winnable game for the Packers and was the kind of game they won late last year and in the playoffs with Rodgers performing at a high level. You knew he was going to show some rust after not having played in a game in nine weeks, it was just a matter of how much. He showed no inhibitions to run — he had five scrambles for 36 yards and dialed his own number on a read-option keeper to convert a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter. But his three interceptions suggests the rust was real, even though he also made his share of eye-catching throws too. All three interceptions were underthrows, with two coming when he was unable to set his feet. Those three empty possessions were killers on a day when you knew they’d probably need at least 30 points to win. One also gave Carolina a relatively short field (at the Packers’ 49) that set up a touchdown. But even with all that, the Packers still had a good chance to tie the score in the final minutes after scoring a quick touchdown and recovering an onside kick with 2:43 to play. This one wasn’t over until Geronimo Allison lost a fumble inside Carolina’s 30 with 1:50 to play. “You know, I missed some (throws) I’m used to hitting,” Rodgers said. “I underthrew Randall for a pick, was trying to throw it away to (Davante Adams) got picked. Threw the ball in the dirt to Geronimo (for a third-down incompletion) in the red zone. Just uncharacteristic plays. Was disappointed in my performance today.” So unless Tampa Bay pulls off the big upset over Atlanta on Monday night, that’s a wrap on the Packers’ 2017 season. Dodgers in position for ’18 free agent frenzy L.A., Yankees stash away cash with trade, re-signing Bob Nightengale Columnist USA TODAY It might have been nothing more than a glorified money wash, but the stunning trade last weekend between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves was much more than swapping lousy, overpriced contracts. It set the stage for what promises to be the greatest free agent frenzy in Major League Baseball history. The gold rush will be on in Las Vegas at the 2018 baseball winter meetings when Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Josh Donaldson, Charlie Blackmon, Andrew Miller, Craig Kimbrel and perhaps David Price all become free agents. Guess who will have pockets full of money and no luxury tax to burden them? The financial kingpins of the game: the New York Yankees, Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. If you’re a free agent, you just hit the lottery, with the most powerful and wealthiest teams engaged in a bidding war for your services. Go ahead and put Bryce Harper in the Dodgers’ 2019 starting lineup right now. Manny Machado sure is going to look great in Yankees pinstripes. Kershaw, Keuchel and Price will find life wonderful in the tranquil Midwest. Christmas came early for the 2018 free agent class. You could hear the celebration from Hollywood to Fifth Avenue in New York the moment the Dodgers dumped $47.5 million worth of contracts Saturday on the Braves, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culbertson going to At- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, who has averaged 32 home runs in his first six seasons in the major leagues, will be one of the headliners in the 2018 free agent class. GEOFF BURKE/USA TODAY SPORTS lanta. The Dodgers get stuck with outfielder Matt Kemp and the two years, $43 million on his deal. The Dodgers even chipped in $4.5 million to make it an even money dump. Now, after dropping $244 million on their payroll in 2017, the Dodgers have released not only outfielder Carl Crawford’s $21 million salary off the books but also another $23 million for luxury tax purposes. This is a franchise that’s had to pay luxury tax penalties for five consecutive years, including about $35 million this year. But just like that, the Dodgers can now be under the $197 million luxury tax in 2018, reducing their penalty from 50% to 20% for every dollar they spend next winter. It’s no different than the Yankees, dead-set on also being under the soft salary cap, bringing back veteran starter CC Sabathia for only $10 million on Sat- urday instead of dropping $150 million on the free agent market for Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta. It was a masterful stroke of genius for the Dodgers. They made it work only by persuading Gonzalez to waive his no-trade clause, telling him if he declined to waive it, he’d be buried on the Los Angeles bench in 2018 with limited at-bats. It wasn’t a threat but a promise. Gonzalez certainly wasn’t about to spend the final year of his contract, and perhaps his career, cheering on All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman on the bench, so he only agreed, agent John Boggs said, if the Braves agreed to designate him for assignment and make him a free agent. Done. “My final decision was not based on playing time,” Gonzalez said in a statement, “as I had agreed to a limited bench role. It is a way to test the free agent market and see what opportunities are out there for me so I can make the best decision moving forward for me and my family. Lifting the no-trade clause is the hardest decision I have ever made in my career due to the fact that I loved every single second being a Dodger.” Gonzalez officially will be a free agent Wednesday, when he can sign for the minimum salary and have the Braves pay him for playing elsewhere, perhaps in his hometown of San Diego. The Padres still badly want free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, but if nothing else, this could give them a little leverage. Kemp could become a free agent himself since the Dodgers don’t want him either, but since his contract didn’t include a no-trade clause, he has no leverage. The Dodgers immediately will try to dump him off for spare parts, willing to eat most of his contract. And the Braves, well, they have two veteran pitchers who can actually help them if they stay healthy and a solid infielder in Culberson. If McCarthy and Kazmir can do anything in the first half, the Braves have valuable chips at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Oh, what a stroke of genius by Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who spent the last two years in the Dodgers front office, and Los Angeles President Andrew Friedman. The Braves get rid of a guy whom they didn’t want; the Dodgers stripped themselves of three guys they’ve been trying to dump, and everyone goes home happy. Oh, and that 2018 free agent class? They’re a year away from becoming the wealthiest players in baseball history, with Harper and Machado each expected to eclipse $400 million contracts. See you in New York, Manny. Enjoy the sunshine in L.A., Bryce. This was a trade that was all about you. SPORTS USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 3C NFL 2 replay calls somewhat baffling Panthers benefit, Steelers do not Lindsay H. Jones USA TODAY The 40 things we learned from Week 15 of the NFL season. 1. Centralized replay review from New York doesn’t work. Saw it in Charlotte, saw it in Pittsburgh. More later ... after we cool off ... 2. With RB Todd Gurley scoring a career-high four touchdowns, the Rams went into the Seahawks’ backyard and won 42-7, establishing themselves as the new bullies of the NFC West. 3. The Jaguars are going to the playoffs. Repeat, the Jaguars are going to the playoffs after securing their first postseason berth in 10 years Sunday by completing a season sweep of the Texans. Jacksonville outscored Houston 74-14 this season. 4. If Jacksonville DL Calais Campbell wins the sack title, he can thank the Texans. Campbell sacked T.J. Yates twice Sunday, meaning six of his 141⁄2 in 2017 have come against Houston. 5. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles — deemed “trash” by Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney — was nearly flawless Sunday with 326 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. But the most impressive part of the Jags offense was that it racked up 464 yards while rookie RB Leonard Fournette was in street clothes with a quadriceps injury. 6. Jacksonville rookie WR Jaydon Mickens entered Sunday with one catch in seven appearances. In his eighth game, he had four receptions and took two to the house. 7. And one more great stat from that game: Jags rookie WR Keelan Cole had 186 receiving yards ... matching the Texans’ total offensive output. 8. We miss the Santa hat that used to adorn the Jags’ midfield logo during the holidays. Bring it back, please, Mr. Khan. 9. Who knew Carson Wentz’s knee injury would affect the Eagles defense so much? Philadelphia survived the Giants but surrendered 29 points to a New York offense that hadn’t scored more than 24 this season and averaged 15.3 entering Sunday. 10. At least the Eagles can feel good about QB Nick Foles in his first start of the season. He threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns (zero interceptions) and was sacked only once in the 34-29 win. That kind of performance could hurt Wentz’s dwindling MVP chances. 11. After losing to the Eagles in Week 3 on a walk-off field goal by rookie Jake Elliott, kicking game issues also doomed the Giants on Sunday. Aldrick Rosas had a PAT and go-ahead FG attempt blocked. 12. The NFL missed you, Aaron Rodgers. Welcome back. 13. But the notion that simply having Rodgers back would save the Packers’ season was misguided. He was clearly rusty — as his three interceptions illustrated — and he underthrew several passes. Rodgers’ last three-interception game occurred in 2009. 14. If the Falcons win Monday night, Green Bay will be eliminated from the playoff chase ... and it would be worth wondering at that point if the Pack will continue to play Rodgers. 15. And Rodgers was not the best quarterback on the field Sunday. Cam Newton made his fantasy owners smile by posting the sixth game of his career with four or more touchdown passes in the Panthers’ 31-24 win. 16. Carolina’s Damiere Byrd was somehow granted a touchdown on review when officials determined he landed inbounds on his ... backside, overturning an incompletion. So ... one cheek equals 2 feet? 17. Apparently Byrd is dubbing the move “Butt drag swag.” 18. Julius Peppers now has 10 or more sacks in 10 different seasons. 19. You know things are going well in Minnesota when even the field goals are banking through. 20. Teddy Bridgewater Siren! 21. The Minnesota crowd gave Bridgewater a standing ovation as he entered the game in the fourth quarter of a blowout win against the Bengals. They were his first regular-season snaps since he suffered a gruesome knee injury in practice right before the start of the 2016 regular season. Unfortunately, his first pass was deflected and intercepted. 22. AJ McCarron Siren! The backup Saints running back Mark Ingram, getting past Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee for a 1-yard TD run, also had a 50-yard TD run and a 54-yard reception Sunday on his way to 151 yards from scrimmage. DERICK E. HINGLE/USA TODAY SPORTS Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo rallied the 49ers to an upset of the Titans on Sunday to improve his record as a starter to 5-0. KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for four touchdowns Sunday in the victory against the Packers. JIM DEDMON/USA TODAY SPORTS quarterback led the Bengals to their only touchdown in a 34-7 loss at Minnesota, maybe boosting his value a tick more heading into the offseason. 23. Browns QB Deshone Kizer threw his 18th and 19th interceptions of the year Sunday, the most in the NFL this season. 24. Kizer is still nine picks shy of matching Peyton Manning’s rookie record, set in 1998. 25. Meanwhile, Cleveland is 0-14 for the second consecutive season and two defeats shy of becoming the second club to finish a season 0-16. 26. Last week, RB Kapri Bibbs posted Redskins practice video on his Instgram account that highlighted his route running. Sunday, days after he was signed off Washington’s practice squad, he took a screen pass from Kirk Cousins 36 yards for a touchdown. 27. Why defenses continue to play single-high safety looks against the Chiefs is baffling. Sure, Alex Smith might not have the best reputation as a deep ball passer, but he also never had a receiver the likes of Tyreek Hill. Hill is too fast for any corner in the NFL to cover on a go route, as the Chargers learned Saturday night when he scored on a 64yard touchdown play, courtesy of a perfectly placed deep pass from Smith. It was Hill’s 11th touchdown of longer than 50 yards in his career — and he’s done it in just 20 games. 28. TE Antonio Gates’ role in the Chargers offense has diminished greatly this season. But there was one more special moment Saturday night against the Chiefs, when the 37-year-old and QB Philip Rivers connected for their 86th touchdown pass. That’s the second most by any quarterback-receiver duo in NFL history after Gates and Rivers passed Hall of Famers Steve Young and Jerry Rice of the 49ers. The Chargers tandem is 29 scores behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison for the NFL record. 29. Speaking of old players still making the highlight reel, that was 39-yearold Vikings CB Terence Newman intercepting former Bengals teammate Andy Dalton on Sunday. It was Newman’s first pick of the year — but his 42nd since entering the NFL in 2003. 30. In a season marred by serious injuries, the statement made by Lions rookie LB Jarrad Davis on Saturday that he “doesn’t want to make (football) safe” is extremely misguided and naïve. Davis isn’t wrong to want to be an intimidating linebacker, but disregarding his own health — and that of his opponents — is an outdated mentality. 31. Six days after playing his best game of the year in an upset of the Patriots, Jay Cutler imploded in the Dolphins’ loss to the Bills, throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns. It was a day that basically summed up his disappointing run as the Dolphins’ replacement quarterback. 32. Bills RB LeSean McCoy reached 10,000 career rushing yards in that win against the Dolphins, and he did it on his 2,145th carry. That puts McCoy in elite company. Only Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson reached the 10K benchmark in fewer carries. 33. Jimmy Garoppolo is now 5-0 as an NFL starter after he led the 49ers to a late comeback over the Titans. The last quarterback to win his first five NFL starts was Ben Roethlisberger. 34. The Broncos have nothing left to play for this season, but the quarterback intrigue continues. After Trevor Sie- mian suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Thursday’s win at Indianapolis, Denver will again switch starters. Will it be Brock Osweiler, who played well after he replaced Siemian, or will Paxton Lynch get another shot given he’ll be cleared to practice this week after rehabbing an ankle injury? Osweiler likely gives the Broncos the best chance to win, but the Broncos need to give Lynch more live snaps. 35. Another team facing a big quarterback question is the Cardinals, because Blaine Gabbert is looking less and less like a viable option for 2018 should Carson Palmer decide to retire. Gabbert threw a pick and lost a fumble while throwing for only 189 yards in a loss to Washington. 36. Saints RB Mark Ingram had a 50yard run and a 54-yard reception Sunday on his way to 151 yards from scrimmage and two TDs. It could be another step toward an all-pro selection that would allow Ingram to void his contract and cash in as a free agent next year. 37. Before suffering a calf injury that landed him in the hospital, Steelers WR Antonio Brown became the first player with at least 100 catches in five consecutive seasons. 38. We still haven’t seen the ball hit the ground on what should have been a game-winning TD catch by Steelers TE Jesse James. But the guys in New York did. Apparently. 39. With New England now having the inside track to the AFC’s No. 1 seed, Sunday’s win was huge for the Patriots, who have had a bye week all seven times they’ve reached the Super Bowl with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. 40. Brady, 40, was intercepted by the Steelers, the first time they had picked off the quarterback in 12 years. Brady had been interception-free in seven previous matchups with the Steelers. Contributing: Nate Davis 4C ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS E6 NFL Playoff-hungry Rams control NFC West Young Los Angeles routs seasoned Seattle Mike Jones Columnist USA TODAY SEATTLE – Experience is overrated. Just ask Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams. Much of the 2017 season has served as an expose of such as the first-year coach and his coaching staff have guided second-year quarterback Jared Goff and a retooled roster on a surprising run toward the playoffs. Sunday’s 42-7 beatdown of the Seahawks further drove home the point and could have signaled a changing of the guard. The Rams put on a clinic as they improved to 10-4 and took one step closer to clinching both the NFC West and a playoff spot. They scored at will, putting up a season high in rushing yards behind Todd Gurley’s 152 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams defense throttled the Seahawks offense, sacking Russell Wilson seven times and holding the unit to a season low both in yards and points. The Rams defense also ensured that its offense started six of seven firsthalf possessions in Seahawks territory. Stunned would best describe the mood at CenturyLink Field, where the home crowd hadn’t seen its Seahawks lose by more than a touchdown since Russell Wilson took over as the starting quarterback in 2012. This was supposed to be the hotly contested rematch of teams vying for the top spot in the division. In their first meeting of the season, Seattle pulled off a six-point victory in a shootout that saw Goff and the Rams fall short of a crucial late-game first down by just 6 inches while threatening on a gamewinning drive. This Sunday, both teams found themselves coming off of disappointing losses — the Rams to Philadelphia, and the Seahawks to Jacksonville — and badly needing rebound performances to help their cases. Los Angeles owned the better record, but a Seattle win would have given the Seahawks a two-game head-to-head edge as they clung to hopes of running the table and winning the division. Typically, the Seahawks fare well in these high-pressure situations, and their familiarity with such seemed to translate into an edge over the upstart Rams. But experience did nothing this time. Seattle’s battered defense — missing Pro Bowl players Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril — offered no Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley gained 152 yards rushing Sunday and scored three touchdowns against Seattle. TROY WAYRYNEN/USA TODAY SPORTS resistance, and the offensive line provided Wilson little protection. Wilson, heroic in recent weeks in keeping his team in the thick of things, proved incapable of willing his team to a competitive level of play, let alone victory. All season long, McVay has found a way to get his players to respond to adversity and capitalize on prime opportunities. And the 31-year-old did it again this week. He got his team to understand the sense of urgency as they traveled to one of the toughest stadiums to play in and then delivered a smackdown. Mean- Bell Continued from Page 1C USA TODAY, referring to the fake spike. “It just goes to show what good film study will do for you.” There you have it. Pittsburgh (11-3) has been spectacular this season with its knack for winning in crunchtime, but the Patriots (11-3) wore fresh AFC East championship gear on Sunday because they were better than the Steelers when it came down to executing situational football in the clutch. Maybe this has been apparent for some time, but we had to see it again in the AFC showdown at Heinz Field because, well, it’s a different season. Fool Bill Belichick’s team with a fake spike? “We see it every day in practice against our offense,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty told USA TODAY as he left the visitors locker room. “But every team uses fake spikes. It’s more of a situational thing than a team thing.” Situational football. That is Belichick to the core, a term that he preaches repeatedly as the ultimate swing factor. And with five rings and now 15 division titles with the Patriots, we’ll take him at his word. Still, if the Steelers were ever going to topple their nemesis, the prospect seemed so ripe this time. With star receiver Antonio Brown knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a calf injury that leaves his immediate status uncertain, Pittsburgh had other weapons step up to complement the typical production from Richardson Continued from Page 1C will eventually come out. Some people close to Richardson will tell you that he’s a good person. People in his community will tell you that Richardson has done a lot of good for Charlotte. Richardson was one of the more powerful owners in the NFL, and along with the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair he held the distinction of being one of only two men to have owned his team since its inception. After purchasing the rights to start the team in 1993 for $206 million, Richardson has grown the Panthers into a $1 billion organization. But sexual harassment outweighs any good he’s done. In today’s climate, where we have seen sexual misconduct cost everyone from entertainment moguls to politicians to high-profile broadcast journalists their jobs, it was only a matter of time before this problem spilled into the NFL’s lap. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates after scoring on a two-point conversion that gave the Patriots a 27-24 lead late in their win at Pittsburgh. PHILIP G. PAVELY/USA TODAY SPORTS Le’Veon Bell (165 yards from scrimmage). Rookie JuJu Shuster-Smith caught six passes for 114 yards, including a 69-yard jaunt that set up the final opportunity. Rogers and Martavis Bryant scored touchdowns. They hogged the clock, with more than 35 minutes of possession. And a defense that kept the heat on Tom Brady actually collected an interception — Pittsburgh’s first against the New England quarterback since 2005. But New England won anyway and now is in the driver’s seat to claim Richardson couldn’t get off with a slap on the wrist. The days of brushing off sexual harassment allegations or simply sweeping them under the rug are over. In the same way that we can no longer tolerate racial injustices, our sisters, daughters and wives can’t continue to go to their workplaces with the fear of their safety and dignity being at risk. Richardson was viewed as a pillar of his community. He demanded excellence in the running of his franchise. But it matters not how much money he donates to charity, how much money his football team brings in or how many games the Panthers win. He violated the trust of those women who worked for him and, at the very least, exhibited predatory behavior. The NFL has an image problem as is, and it couldn’t tolerate an owner who’s guilty of the behavior that Richardson is accused of. You can’t help but wonder, however, who’s next. You hope the answer is no one. Hopefully this is an isolated incident. But we know better. home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Brady, whose unit had just 18 snaps in the keep-away of a first half, rallied the Patriots to two fourth-quarter scoring drives as the momentum switched in the manner in which we’ve seen so many times. The Patriots got a touchdown, a field goal, a two-point conversion and a lot of Brady-to-Gronk in the fourth quarter, while the Steelers got zero points in the fourth quarter, punted twice and had that big blunder at the end. Richardson hopes that those in his franchise can focus squarely on pursuing a Super Bowl, but that’s easier said than done. Even if the players can compartmentalize and play at a high level, completely free of distraction, the Panthers franchise will bear a black mark for some time. What’s next? Sean “Diddy” Combs, the rapper/record producer/entrepreneur (and more), already has expressed a desire to buy the Panthers. It remains to be seen if he’ll draw serious consideration, but if so, he’d become the first African-American majority owner in the NFL. That’d be a good move on the racial equality front. But what matters most is that hopefully any woman who might have still been dealing with mistreatment from Richardson no longer will have to endure such treatment. And hopefully, people guilty of similar behavior — whether in the Panthers franchise or any other team or workplace — can learn from Richardson’s failings. while, Pete Carroll — 35 years McVay’s senior and in his eighth season as coach of the Seahawks — couldn’t push the right buttons. This game really could have concluded after one half. The defense swarmed Seattle’s offense so fiercely that the Rams offense repeatedly received prime real estate, starting six of seven firsthalf possessions in Seahawks territory while rolling to four touchdowns and a pair of field goals. The first half concluded with the scoreboard reading 34-0 and the home fans booing heavily as the Seahawks headed to the locker room. Little changed in the second half, and as the second half mercifully concluded with the stadium only a quarter filled and the Rams playing their backup quarterback, it certainly felt like the beginning of a changing of the guard. The Rams are on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time since 2004 boasting a talented nucleus led by Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn on defense and Goff and Gurley on offense, and the future is bright. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Plagued by an aging defense and with Wilson surrounded by few offensive weapons, this franchise could be bracing for an offseason overhaul. In other words, another ho-hum comeback win from the team that rallied from 25 points down to win the last Super Bowl. “There is nothing ho-hum about this one,” Brady, sensing the sarcasm, told USA TODAY as he left the locker room. “It just goes to show that you’ve got to keep grinding. That’s football. The ball bounces a lot of weird ways. I’m glad we got a few bounces.” There was nearly no chance for Harmon’s last-second magic. Two plays earlier, Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James over the middle for an apparent touchdown. James went to his knees as he grabbed the pass and untouched lunged for the end zone. As he fell to the turf, though, the ball came loose and the score was overturned by instant replay. This was Pittsburgh’s Dez Bryant moment. As difficult as it was to stomach and as murky as the rulings can be on what constitutes a catch or not, this case was ruled by the book and correctly overturned. James didn’t control the football as he fell to the turf. No wonder Mike Tomlin, the Steelers coach, maintained after the game that he wasn’t crying over spilled milk. He had no excuses for another stinging loss against the team that has represented such a huge roadblock in Pittsburgh’s efforts to get back to the Super Bowl. The Patriots provided the Steelers a hard lesson for how it’s done in the clutch. They didn’t flinch. As Harmon put it, “You just have to keep fighting. Live to play another play.” Until it’s over. Which is situational football at its best. THERE’S NO OFF SEASON WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING MONEY. Get a quote today. geico.com | 1-800-947-AUTO | Local Office Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image © 1999-2017. © 2017 GEICO SPORTS E6 USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 5C IN BRIEF Strasburg down on All-Star Games Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg says he might skip All-Star Games because he thinks the change in routine contributed to an injury last season. The Nationals are slated to host the 2018 Midsummer Classic in Washington. Strasburg said at the team’s annual fan festival that going to the AllStar Game in Miami this year “pushed me back a bit” and “started making my arm hurt.” He left his second start after the All-Star break after only two innings and went on the disabled list with a nerve issue in his pitching elbow. Strasburg wound up going 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA and finished third in voting for the National League Cy Young Award. whether the former general manager can recoup the remaining $2.8 million that was left on his contract when the team fired him in March. The Redskins will argue that they fired McCloughan after his second season with the team for cause. At the time of the breakup, a person familiar with the thinking of owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen said McCloughan was fired because of a drinking problem. McCloughan is a recovering alcoholic. Both sides have already presented evidence through deposition, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. — Mike Jones Redskins will meet with fired GM Former MMA coach Follis dies Scot McCloughan and the Redskins will meet again in Washington on Monday for the hearing that will determine Robert Follis, a former coach at Team Quest and Xtreme Couture, is dead. His girlfriend, Myrna Fukuno, on Sunday confirmed the news via Facebook. A cause of death was not revealed. Former teammates, students and mixed martial arts industry vets paid tribute to the coach on social media. In message after message, they spoke glowingly of him as a mentor and a friend who drew great joy from helping others. Follis spent years helping to build Team Quest into an MMA powerhouse, working with founders Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland. He could be seen in the corner for some of their biggest fights. Unlike other well-known coaches, however, he didn’t come into the spotlight until late in his career. He spent the bulk of his time working at gyms established by Couture. Sunday that “my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here. I needed time to think and take a decision calmly,” Kaka said. A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and playing in three World Cups. He was part of the Brazil squad that lifted the global trophy in 2002. Kaka said that he would like to remain linked professionally to soccer, perhaps as a manager or sports director of a team. Nebraska wins NCAA volleyball Mikaela Foecke had 20 kills and hit .250, Kelly Hunter had 37 assists and No. 5 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Florida in four sets (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-16) Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., to capture the program’s fifth national volleyball championship. Foecke and Hunter were named Final Four co-Most Outstanding Players. From staff and wire reports Soccer great Kaka retiring Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35. Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil’s Globo TV on FOR THE RECORD NFL All Times ET AMERICAN CONFERENCE East T Pct 0 .786 0 .571 0 .429 0 .357 PF 395 264 252 285 PA 274 306 342 342 W L T Pct x-Jacksonville 10 4 0 .714 Tennessee 8 6 0 .571 Houston 4 10 0 .286 Indianapolis 3 11 0 .214 PF 374 296 319 225 PA 209 319 380 368 y-N. England Buffalo Miami N.Y. Jets W 11 8 6 5 L 3 6 8 9 South North y-Pittsburgh Baltimore Cincinnati Cleveland W 11 8 5 0 L 3 6 9 14 T Pct 0 .786 0 .571 0 .357 0 .000 PF 344 345 233 207 PA 278 256 305 362 W 8 7 6 5 L 6 7 7 9 T Pct 0 .571 0 .500 0 .462 0 .357 PF 359 311 264 254 PA 302 255 304 328 West Kansas City L.A. Chargers Oakland Denver NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W y-Philadelphia 12 Dallas 7 Washington 6 N.Y. Giants 2 L 2 6 8 12 T Pct 0 .857 0 .538 0 .429 0 .143 PF 438 316 305 228 PA 279 294 359 355 W 10 10 8 4 L 4 4 5 9 T Pct 0 .714 0 .714 0 .615 0 .308 PF 401 331 294 264 PA 282 286 261 312 W 11 8 7 4 L 3 6 7 10 T Pct 0 .786 0 .571 0 .500 0 .286 PF 343 358 309 234 PA 242 339 333 294 North y-Minnesota Detroit Green Bay Chicago Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Utah at Houston, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games New Orleans at Washington, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. NHL All Times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Tampa Bay Toronto Boston Montreal Detroit Ottawa Florida Buffalo Washington New Jersey Columbus N.Y. Rngers N.Y. Islnders Pittsburgh Carolina Phildelphia GP 32 34 30 33 32 31 33 33 W 24 20 15 14 12 11 12 8 L OT Pts GF GA 6 2 50 123 80 13 1 41 109 97 10 5 35 86 85 15 4 32 87 103 13 7 31 86 103 13 7 29 85 103 16 5 29 95 115 18 7 23 72 111 GP 34 32 33 33 33 34 32 32 W 21 18 20 18 18 17 14 14 GP 32 35 34 33 34 33 32 W 21 22 19 17 18 17 15 W L T Pct PF PA L.A. Rams 10 4 0 .714 438 272 Seattle 8 6 0 .571 321 294 Arizona 6 8 0 .429 246 337 San Francisco 4 10 0 .286 253 337 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division Saturday’s Games Detroit 20, Chicago 10 Kansas City 30, L.A. Chargers 13 Vegas Los Angeles San Jose Calgary Anaheim Vancouver Edmonton Arizona GP 32 34 31 34 33 34 33 35 W 21 20 17 17 14 15 14 7 L OT Pts GF GA 9 2 44 112 97 10 4 44 103 81 10 4 38 85 75 14 3 37 97 102 11 8 36 88 95 15 4 34 88 106 17 2 30 96 107 23 5 19 78 122 Saturday’s Games Sunday’s Games Minnesota 34, Cincinnati 7 Washington 20, Arizona 15 Baltimore 27, Cleveland 10 Buffalo 24, Miami 16 Carolina 31, Green Bay 24 Jacksonville 45, Houston 7 New Orleans 31, N.Y. Jets 19 Philadelphia 34, N.Y. Giants 29 L.A. Rams 42, Seattle 7 New England 27, Pittsburgh 24 San Francisco 25, Tennessee 23 Dallas at Oakland Edmonton 3, Minnesota 2 N.Y. Rangers 3, Boston 2, OT N.Y. Islanders 4, Los Angeles 3, OT St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 0 Ottawa 3, Montreal 0 Carolina 2, Columbus 1 Philadelphia 2, Dallas 1, OT Washington 3, Anaheim 2, OT Pittsburgh 4, Arizona 2 Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 5 Nashville 2, Calgary 0 Monday’s Game Winnipeg 4, St. Louis 0 Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 Calgary 6, Vancouver 1 Vegas 5, Florida 2 Saturday, Dec. 23 Indianapolis at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. L.A. Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. L.A. Chargers at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. D 1 2 2 L 0 3 4 WEST BROM 1, Man United 2 BOURNEMOUTH 0, Liverpool 4 Monday’s game Everton vs. Swansea, 3 p.m. GF 56 39 32 GA 12 12 14 Pts 52 41 38 MIDWEST Evansville 79, Midway 52 Miami (Ohio) 109, Rio Grande 70 Nebraska-Omaha 99, Cornell College 58 S. Illinois 71, Lamar 61 SOUTHWEST Baylor 118, Savannah St. 86 Houston 92, Prairie View 72 FAR WEST Arizona St. 76, Vanderbilt 64 Army 79, Air Force 54 Colorado St. 66, Texas State 58 E. Washington 86, CS Northridge 58 Montana 77, UC Riverside 61 Nevada 77, Radford 62 South Dakota 76, San Jose St. 62 Stanford 71, San Francisco 59 Sunday’s Women’s Scores EAST Albany (NY) 69, St. Bonaventure 52 Boston College 64, New Hampshire 55 Drexel 65, Saint Joseph’s 58 Duquesne 64, Cent. Michigan 61 Fordham 71, Bucknell 62 Gardner-Webb 75, Mount St. Mary’s 67 George Washington 61, American U. 44 Holy Cross 69, Rhode Island 63 La Salle 71, Delaware St. 48 Northeastern 71, Vermont 66 Penn St. 59, Pittsburgh 48 Princeton 58, Wagner 37 Siena 62, Sacred Heart 57 Stony Brook 60, CCSU 55 UCLA 77, Seton Hall 68 SOUTH NCAA FCS Playoffs All Times ET Semifinals Friday, Dec. 15 North Dakota State 55, Sam Houston State 13 Saturday, Dec. 16 Championship Jan. 6 At Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas North Dakota State (13-1) vs. James Madison (14-0), noon NCAA Division II Playoffs All Times ET Championship Saturday, Dec. 16 Kansas City, Kan. Texas A&M-Commerce 37, West Florida 27 NCAA Division III Playoffs All Times ET Championship Friday, Dec. 15 At Salem, Va. SOUTH English Premier League All Times ET W 17 13 12 Sunday’s results Binghamton 51, Sacred Heart 48 Boston College 84, CCSU 65 Duquesne 74, NC A&T 58 Elon 77, Boston U. 69 La Salle 95, Mercer 85 Old Dominion 82, Fairfield 77, OT Providence 62, Stony Brook 60 Saint Joseph’s 72, Maine 59 Siena 87, Bryant 68 St. John’s 69, Iona 59 St. Peter’s 71, LIU Brooklyn 56 UMBC 76, N. Kentucky 75 SOCCER GP 18 18 18 LEICESTER 0, Crystal Palace 3 CHELSEA 1, Southampton 0 WATFORD 1, Huddersfield 4 ARSENAL 1, Newcastle 0 BRIGHTON 0, Burnley 0 STOKE 0, West Ham 3 MAN CITY 4, Tottenham 1 Sunday’s Men’s Scores EAST Anaheim at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Columbus at Boston, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Pittsburgh at Colorado, 9 p.m. Man City Man United Chelsea Monday, Dec. 25 34 33 32 31 26 22 22 21 18 18 17 17 16 16 15 14 12 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Monday’s Games Sunday, Dec. 24 20 20 12 18 26 33 29 30 24 23 28 32 24 39 27 24 22 Mount Union 12, Mary Hardin-Baylor 0 Sunday’s Games Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. 38 31 16 31 27 27 21 16 17 14 15 17 15 19 16 13 9 James Madison 51, South Dakota State 16 L OT Pts GF GA 7 4 46 108 85 11 2 46 107 88 10 5 43 112 94 11 5 39 102 86 14 2 38 99 99 13 3 37 94 95 15 2 32 101 107 Pacific Division West 2 5 4 5 6 8 7 9 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 8 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL L OT Pts GF GA 12 1 43 108 98 9 5 41 100 96 12 1 41 95 86 12 3 39 108 96 12 3 39 118 114 14 3 37 99 108 11 7 35 90 98 11 7 35 91 90 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Nashville St. Louis Winnipeg Chicago Dallas Minnesota Colorado 7 3 5 4 5 4 4 3 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 8 3 Saturday’s results Metropolitan Division South New Orleans Carolina Atlanta Tampa Bay Liverpool 18 9 Arsenal 18 10 Burnley 18 9 Tottenham 18 9 Leicester 18 7 Watford 18 6 Everton 17 6 Huddersfield 18 6 Southampton 18 4 Brighton 18 4 Crystal Palace 18 4 West Ham 18 4 Bournemouth 18 4 Stoke 18 4 Newcastle 18 4 West Brom 18 2 Swansea 17 3 Home teams in CAPS Monday’s Games Furman 90, UNC-Wilmington 84 Gardner-Webb 80, Hampton 79 Georgia Tech 79, Florida A&M 54 Lipscomb 67, Abilene Christian 65 Morehead St. 98, Cent. Arkansas 94, OT North Carolina 78, Tennessee 73 Penn St. 72, George Mason 54 Tennessee Tech 82, Chattanooga 76 W. Carolina 76, UNC-Asheville 72 William & Mary 126, Milligan 69 Wofford 70, High Point 57 Alabama 59, SMU 44 Chattanooga 68, Florida Gulf Coast 61 Clemson 53, Jacksonville St. 45 Georgia 60, Georgia Tech 53 Jacksonville 68, Bethune-Cookman 58 LSU 60, Louisiana-Lafayette 45 Louisville 87, Kentucky 63 Mercer 93, Winthrop 45 Mississippi St. 83, Maine 43 New Orleans 89, Louisiana-Monroe 51 North Carolina 90, Washington 78 Presbyterian 69, NC Central 60 Samford 80, Troy 73 South Carolina 99, Savannah St. 38 South Florida 82, FIU 52 Tulane 62, Middle Tennessee 44 UAB 85, Alabama A&M 58 UTEP 93, East Carolina 79 Virginia 77, Ohio 59 W. Kentucky 70, Toledo 56 William & Mary 75, Old Dominion 58 Boston 2 (2061⁄2) INDIANA Miami 21⁄2 (2021⁄2) ATLANTA Philadelphia 11⁄2 (2091⁄2) CHICAGO OKLAHOMA CITY 5 208 Denver HOUSTON OFF OFF Utah MINNESOTA OFF OFF Portland DALLAS 6 208 Phoenix SAN ANTONIO 111⁄2 (203) LA Clippers LAKERS OFF (OFF) Golden St COLLEGE BASKETBALL Monday Favorite Wake Forest Northeastern MARQUETTE E CAROLINA CREIGHTON GONZAGA SMU Valparaiso Line 4 1 18 3 9 26 71⁄2 1 Underdog CSTL CAROLINA KENT ST N. Illinois Charlotte Texas-Arlington IUPUI Boise St SANTA CLARA National Hockey League Monday Favorite NEW JERSEY PHILADELPHIA BOSTON Pittsburgh EDMONTON Line Underdog OFF Anaheim -118 Los Angeles -128 Columbus -161 COLORADO -131 San Jose Line OFF +108 +118 +151 +121 NFL Monday Favorite Atlanta Line 6 Underdog at TAMPA BAY Saturday Favorite BALTIMORE GREEN BAY Line O/U 11 OFF OFF OFF Underdog Indianapolis Minnesota Sunday Favorite LineO/U Underdog Detroit 3 OFF CINCINNATI NY JETS LA Chargers 81⁄2 OFF TENNESSEE LA Rams 41⁄2 OFF CHICAGO 7 OFF Cleveland CAROLINA 10 OFF Tampa Bay NEW ORLEANS 5 OFF Atlanta WASHINGTON 3 OFF Denver KANSAS CITY 9 OFF Miami NEW ENGLAND 12 OFF Buffalo Jacksonville 41⁄2 OFF SAN FRANCISCO ARIZONA 6 OFF NY Giants DALLAS 4 OFF Seattle Monday (12/25) Favorite Pittsburgh PHILADELPHIA Line O/U 71⁄2 OFF 7 OFF Underdog HOUSTON Oakland DEALS BASEBALL American League LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Agreed to terms with SSs Kevin Maitan and Livan Soto on minor league contracts. BASKETBALL NBA CHICAGO BULLS — Recalled G Kay Felder and F/C Cristiano Felicio from Windy City (NBAGL). HOCKEY National Hockey League NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Recalled G Eamon McAdam from Worcester (ECHL) to Bridgeport (AHL). GOLF Indonesian Masters At Royale Jakarta Golf Club Jakarta, Indonesia Purse: $750,000 Yardage: 7,324; Par: 72 Justin Rose........................62-69-66-62—259 P. Khongwatmai..............65-69-68-65—267 Scott Vincent ....................67-65-68-69—269 Yusaku Miyazato .............67-67-67-69—270 Kiradech Aphibarnrat ....68-64-70-69—271 Younghan Song ...............67-69-70-66—272 Sihwan Kim .......................68-67-67-70—272 Ajeetesh Sandhu .............72-68-67-67—274 Steve Lewton .....................67-70-71-66—274 Jake Higginbottom .........71-68-66-70—275 Chan Shih-Chang ............68-71-68-69—276 Shubhankar Sharma.......71-67-67-71—276 Danthai Boonma .............71-70-63-73—277 Hyunwoo Ryu ...................68-71-68-70—277 Daniel Chopra .................68-71-66-72—277 Gaganjeet Bhullar...........67-71-72-67—277 Bowen Xiao .......................68-73-70-67—278 S. Yongcharoenchai........72-66-68-72—278 J. Janewattananond .......69-68-74-67—278 MIDWEST Cleveland St. 56, Illinois St. 47 Dayton 82, James Madison 54 E. Michigan 78, Detroit 76 Iowa 71, N. Iowa 47 Iowa St. 89, UC Riverside 66 Marquette 83, Milwaukee 68 Missouri 75, Indiana 55 N. Illinois 86, SIU-Edwardsville 75 Notre Dame 91, DePaul 82 Ohio St. 87, Cincinnati 76 Purdue 65, E. Washington 40 S. Dakota St. 85, Drake 78 Saint Louis 101, Lipscomb 57 Xavier 75, Furman 62 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 91, Texas-Arlington 57 TCU 89, Northwestern St. 51 Texas 87, Florida St. 72 Texas State 73, Sam Houston St. 41 Texas Tech 80, Rio Grande 64 FAR WEST Gonzaga 97, St. Francis (Pa.) 74 Hawaii 65, Arizona 60 Nebraska 81, San Jose St. 55 New Mexico St. 86, Pepperdine 64 Oregon 90, Mississippi 46 Pacific 85, Seattle 73 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 69, UT Martin 58 San Francisco 70, Fresno St. 62 Tennessee 90, Long Beach St. 61 Weber St. 91, Portland 70 ODDS Line O/U OFF (OFF) Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings. COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Houston Baptist at Michigan State (Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.); NebraskaOmaha at Kansas (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Charleston Southern at Florida State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.); Northern Illinois at Marquette (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.); IPFW at Indiana (Big 10 Network, 8 p.m.); Tennessee State at Texas (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); Boise State at SMU (ESPNU, 9 p.m.); Texas-Arlington at Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.); Texas Southern at TCU (Fox Sports Network, 9 p.m.) CRICKET: Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers (NBC Sports Network, 3:30 a.m. Tuesday) NBA: Boston at Indiana (NBA TV, 7 p.m.); Golden State at Los Angeles Lakers (NBA TV, 10:30 p.m.) NFL: Atlanta at Tampa Bay (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.) Pregame.com Line NBA Monday Favorite CHARLOTTE SPORTS ON TV Underdog New York SOCCER: English Premier League, Everton vs. Swansea City (NBC Sports Network, 2:55 p.m.) NBA COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP All Times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia Brooklyn W 25 20 16 14 11 L 7 8 13 14 18 Pct GB .781 — .714 3 .552 71⁄2 .500 9 .379 121⁄2 L 14 14 20 19 23 Pct GB .533 — .517 1⁄2 .355 51⁄2 .345 51⁄2 .207 91⁄2 L 8 13 13 13 20 Pct .742 .567 .567 .536 .286 Southeast Division Washington Miami Orlando Charlotte Atlanta W 16 15 11 10 6 Central Division Cleveland Indiana Detroit Milwaukee Chicago W 23 17 17 15 8 GB — 51⁄2 51⁄2 61⁄2 131⁄2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Houston San Antonio New Orleans Memphis Dallas W 24 20 15 9 8 L 4 10 15 21 22 Pct .857 .667 .500 .300 .267 GB — 5 10 16 17 Northwest Division Minnesota Portland Denver Oklahoma City Utah W 17 16 16 14 14 L 13 13 13 15 16 Pct GB .567 — .552 1⁄2 .552 1⁄2 .483 21⁄2 .467 3 L 6 17 17 21 20 Pct GB .793 — .393 111⁄2 .370 12 .323 14 .310 14 Pacific Division Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento W 23 11 10 10 9 Saturday’s Games Portland 93, Charlotte 91 Cleveland 109, Utah 100 New York 111, Oklahoma City 96 Houston 115, Milwaukee 111 Miami 90, L.A. Clippers 85 Phoenix 108, Minnesota 106 San Antonio 98, Dallas 96 Boston 102, Memphis 93 Sunday’s Games Toronto 108, Sacramento 93 Detroit 114, Orlando 110 Cleveland 106, Washington 99 Indiana 109, Brooklyn 97 Date Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Dec. 23 Dec. 23 Dec. 24 Dec. 26 Dec. 26 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 27 Dec. 27 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 28 Dec. 28 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 8 Bowl New Orleans Cure Las Vegas New Mexico Camellia Boca Raton Frisco Gasparilla Bahamas Famous Idaho Potato Birmingham Armed Forces Dollar General Hawaii Heart of Dallas Quick Lane Cactus Independence Pinstripe Foster Farms Texas Military Camping World Holiday Alamo Belk Sun Music City Arizona Cotton Taxslayer Liberty Fiesta Orange Outback Peach Citrus **Rose **Sugar CFP championship Site New Orleans Orlando Las Vegas Albuquerque Montgomery, Ala. Boca Raton, Fla. Frisco, Texas St. Petersburg, Fla. Nassau Boise Birmingham, Ala. Fort Worth Mobile, Ala. Honolulu Dallas Detroit Phoenix Shreveport, La. New York Santa Clara, Calif. Houston Annapolis, Md. Orlando San Diego San Antonio Charlotte El Paso Nashville Tucson Arlington, Texas Jacksonville Memphis Glendale, Ariz. Miami Gardens Tampa Atlanta Orlando Pasadena, Calif. New Orleans Atlanta Time, TV 7, ESPN 8, ESPN 8, ESPN 12:30, ESPN 4, ESPN noon, ESPN 3:30, ESPN 7, ESPN 8:30, ESPN 1:30, ESPN 5:15, ESPN 9, ESPN 1:30, ESPN 5:15, ESPN 8:30, Fox 9, ESPN 1:30, ESPN 5:15, ESPN 9, FS1 9, ESPN 1, ESPN 3, CBS 4:30, ESPN 5:30, CBSSN 8:30, ESPN noon, ESPN 12:30, ABC 4, ESPN 8, ESPN noon, ESPN2 12:30, ESPN 1, ABC 5, ESPN 8:45, ESPN 8, ESPN Matchup Troy (11-2) 50, North Texas (9-5) 30 Georgia State (7-5) 27, Western Ky. (6-7) 17 Boise State (11-3) 38, Oregon (7-6) 28 Marshall (8-5) 31, Colorado State (7-6) 28 Mid. Tennessee (7-6) 35, Ark. State (7-5) 30 Florida Atlantic (10-3) vs. Akron (7-6) SMU (7-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6) Florida International (8-4) vs. Temple (6-6) UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4) Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Wyoming (7-5) South Florida (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-6) Army (9-3) vs. San Diego State (10-2) Toledo (11-2) vs. Appalachian State (8-4) Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4) West Virginia (7-5) vs. Utah (6-6) Northern Illinois (8-4) vs. Duke (6-6) Kansas State (7-5) vs. UCLA (6-6) Southern Miss (8-4) vs. Florida State (6-6) Boston College (7-5) vs. Iowa (7-5) Purdue (6-6) vs. Arizona (7-5) Missouri (7-5) vs. Texas (6-6) Navy (6-6) vs. Virginia (6-6) Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3) Michigan State (9-3) vs. Wash. State (9-3) TCU (10-3) vs. Stanford (9-4) Texas A&M (7-5) vs. Wake Forest (7-5) N.C. State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5) Northwestern (9-3) vs. Kentucky (7-5) Utah State (6-6) vs. New Mexico State (6-6) USC (11-2) vs. Ohio State (11-2) Miss. State (8-4) vs. Louisville (8-4) Memphis (10-2) vs. Iowa State (7-5) Washington (10-2) vs. Penn State (10-2) Wisconsin (12-1) vs. Miami (10-2) South Carolina (8-4) vs. Michigan (8-4) UCF (12-0) vs. Auburn (10-3) LSU (9-3) vs. Notre Dame (9-3) Oklahoma (12-1) vs. Georgia (12-1) Clemson (12-1) vs. Alabama (11-1) Semifinal winners Sagarin difference Troy by 6.37 Western Ky. by 5.36 Oregon by 1.74 Colorado State by 2.45 Arkansas State by 4.76 Fla. Atlantic by 15.18* SMU by 7.27 Temple by 6.79 Ohio by 11.70 Wyoming by .62 South Florida by .92 San Diego State by 3.01 Toledo by 7.79 Fresno State by .76 Utah by .77 Duke by 7.79 Kansas State by 3.68 Florida State by 19.08 Iowa by 3.69 Purdue by 2.90 Texas by 4.65 Navy by 3.53* Oklahoma State by 1.22 Michigan State by .97 Stanford by .04 Wake Forest by 3.71 N.C. State by 5.11 Northwestern by 14.34 Utah State by 9.34 Ohio State by 9.01 Miss. State by .88 Memphis by .65* Penn State by 4.32 Wisconsin by 5.62 Michigan by 6.74 Auburn by 7.33 Notre Dame by 4.20 Georgia by 1.26 Alabama by 0.67 — Odds Troy by 7 Western Ky. by 61⁄2 Oregon by 7 Colorado State by 5 Arkansas State by 4 Fla. Atlantic by 22 SMU by 5 Temple by 7 Ohio by 7 Wyoming by 1 South Florida by by 21⁄2 San Diego State by 7 Toledo by 71⁄2 Houston by 21⁄2 Utah by 7 Duke by 51⁄2 Kansas State by 2 Florida State by 151⁄2 Iowa by 3 Arizona by 3 Missouri by 3 Even Oklahoma State by 41⁄2 Washington State by 2 TCU by 2 Wake Forest by 3 N.C. State by 61⁄2 Northwestern by 7 Utah State by 4 Ohio State by 71⁄2 Louisville by 61⁄2 Memphis by 31⁄2 Penn State by 2 Wisconsin by 61⁄2 Michigan by 71⁄2 Auburn by 91⁄2 LSU by 3 Georgia by 2 Alabama by 3 — Times p.m. and Eastern unless noted. Jeff Sagarin’s power ratings show the relative strength of teams. *Home advantage of 2.34 added. **College Football Playoff semifinal games. 6C ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS K1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Oklahoma’s Young, Arizona State surprise College men’s basketball intrigues during 1st month Lindsay Schnell USA TODAY What we have learned from the first month-plus of the college men’s basketball season. 1. The FBI scandal has faded from view — for now, at least At the start of the season, all anyone could talk about was the fact that four assistants from major programs, plus two big-time sneaker executives, had been arrested in September for their part in a corruption scheme. And Louisville fired Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. The FBI seemed to have exposed the seedy underbelly of AAU ball, and a lot of programs were mixed up in it. But there hasn’t been much news since then, and the teams implicated seem to have adjusted. Most notable is Arizona, a popular preseason Final Four pick that had a brutal first couple of weeks but has recovered and climbed back into the top 25. 2. The best freshman in the country is not who you think With respect to Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, the standout of this year’s freshman class resides in Norman, Okla. Hometown star Trae Young, a 6-2 point guard who picked Oklahoma over offers from, among others, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, has been nothing short of outstanding for the Sooners (8-1). Young leads the country in scoring (28.8 points per game) but might be an even better passer (8.8 assists per game, third in the nation). Young turned heads at the PK80 Invitational when he scored 43 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds in a 90-80 win against Oregon. But his most impressive outing came Saturday, when he scored 29 points and recorded 10 assists in a win at No. 3 Wichita State. 3. Arizona State has been the biggest surprise Quick, name a team that has two more impressive wins than the Sun Devils, who thumped Xavier on a neutral floor, then stunned Kansas in Lawrence (Arizona State beat Vanderbilt on Sunday and is 10-0 for the first time). You can’t, can you? Bobby Hurley’s group has been outstanding, led by senior guard Tra Holder (21.2 ppg, 5.6 rebounds per game, 5.2 apg). Four ASU players average in double figures, and the Sun Devils hit on 42.7% of their attempts from three (they shoot almost 24 a game). Arizona State went from unranked in the preseason to No. 6. The Pac-12 is all over the place in non-conference play, which means the Sun Devils have as good a chance as anyone to finish in the top third of the conference and secure their first NCAA tournament bid since 2014. 4. Teams are scared to go on road Non-conference play is great because it gives us a lot of awesome tournament-type atmosphere games (hello, PK80!) with a lot of good teams in one place. But the drawback to all the great neutral court games is that a lot of teams use those as a way to avoid scheduling tough road tests. That’s how it feels anyway — and that makes everyone tough to evaluate. Take Kentucky, for example. The Wildcats are the youngest team, so creating a somewhat soft schedule makes sense. But how can anyone know how Oklahoma guard Trae Young leads the country in scoring average (28.8 points per game) for the 8-1 Sooners. KELLY ROSS/USA TODAY SPORTS good Kentucky really is when its toughest game came in Chicago against Kansas before the Wildcats spent most of December beating up on teams such as East Tennessee State, Troy and Monmouth? Kentucky is hardly the only team guilty of this. Florida, which turned heads at the PK80 with a double-overtime win vs. Gonzaga and a narrow loss to Duke, hasn’t played a real road game either. Ditto for Texas Tech and TCU, two other teams who’ve appeared in the rankings. There’s a good chance that as conference play heats up we’ll learn a lot more about a lot of Top 25 teams. 5. Upperclassmen still rule school We live in an era of one-and-dones, and yes it’s very fun to watch all these freshmen come in and light up college basketball for a season. But we should never underestimate the value of experience: The two best players (Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges) on the No. 1 team (Villanova) are upperclassmen. Brunson, a junior, averages a team-high 18.5 points and has handed out 53 assists. A starter since his freshman year — when the Wildcats won the 2016 title — Brunson plays with a veteran’s poise because, well, he’s a veteran. Redshirt junior Mikal Bridges (17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds) clearly benefited from a redshirt season in 2014-15, soaking up everything he could from Villanova’s superstars before developing into one of the Wildcats’ most dependable players. Come crunchtime, Nova can lean on these guys’ experience — and that’s a rare commodity in this day and age. OLYMPIC QUALIFYING Anderson, Kim and Corning punch their tickets Rachel Axon WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS USA TODAY BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – As much as the freeskiers and snowboarders wanted this to be like any other Dew Tour, they knew it couldn’t. It’s an Olympic year, and this event helps determine who will make the U.S. team for Pyeongchang. So over four days of competition at Breckenridge Ski Resort, they pushed their riding, attempted tricks they might have done only a handful of times and, in a few cases, locked up their spots on the team. “I think everyone is just hungry to do their best. And it kind of is such a big stage to progress that, a lot of these events that happen every year, you kind of can redeem yourself where the Olympics is you may only get to go to a couple if you’re lucky in your whole career,” snowboarder Jamie Anderson said. “I think that’s what inspires everyone to work harder on their rail tricks, their double corks or whatever it may be and just ride their best overall.” With the qualifying process past the halfway point for most events, here’s a look at the implications from the competitions here. Jamie Anderson locked up a spot on the U.S. team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. MATTHEW STOCKMAN/GETTY IMAGES Who’s in? Three athletes locked up their spots for Pyeongchang. Anderson, the Sochi gold medalist, finished second to Canadian Spencer O’Brien to make her the top American. Combined with a win in the first qualifying event in the U.S. Grand Prix in February, she’s in. Just as expected was halfpipe snowboarder Chloe Kim punching her ticket. The 17-year-old has dominated the sport over the last few years, and her Dew Tour gold was her second win in two weeks. And 18-year-old Chris Corning earned his first Olympic berth despite dealing with a back bruise he suffered last week. He was second overall and the top-ranked American in that big air event, and he finished second in slopestyle behind Canadian Maxence Parrot on Saturday. “I kind of had been around for a little bit, just chipping away, and then last year everything kind of clicked and my runs started to be good enough to get my name recognized,” Corning said. “So being able to put runs down that were big enough has been really good, and it’s been kind of a confidence booster.” followed a second last week when he was the top American at Copper Mountain. On the women’s side, three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark is in good shape to make the team. She has two podium finishes: third last week and second in the Dew Tour on Friday. Who improved their chances? Where is qualifying toughest? Perhaps no one got a bigger boost than Jake Pates, a 19-year-old snowboarder who landed a backside double McTwist 1260 to take the men’s halfpipe competition in the first major win of his career. It was only the fourth time he’d tried the trick, one which only a handful of riders — including Olympic gold medalists Shaun White and Iouri Podladtchikov — can do. Pates isn’t mathematically in yet, but he’s in better shape. So is Ben Ferguson, whose third-place finish in that event For the USA, the field is deepest in men’s snowboard halfpipe or men’s freeski slopestyle. In the latter, Sochi silver medalist Gus Kenworthy finished sixth and Sochi Olympian Bobby Brown was eighth after injuring his ankle. Olympic gold medalist Joss Christensen tore his ACL in May and returned to ski last month, so he didn’t compete. Young skiers such as Alex Hall and Cody LaPlante are also in the mix. In the halfpipe, Danny Davis and A look at some of the highlights for U.S. athletes competing over the weekend: ❚ Skier Lindsey Vonn pulled out of the super-G race Sunday in Val d’Isere, France, because of soreness in her knee. She won Saturday’s super-G for her record-extending 78th victory of her career. ❚ John Henry-Krueger dominated the short-track speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah, winning both men’s 1,000-meter races. Thomas Hong, Ryan Pivirotto and Jessica Kooreman claimed the final three Olympic team spots. ❚ Ted Ligety moved up from seventh after the opening run to finish fifth in the men’s giant slalom race in Alta Badia, Italy, for his best skiing result in more than a year. Austrian Marcel Hirscher dominated both runs to take a record fifth consecutive victory at the Italian resort. Hirscher broke a tie with Italian great Alberto Tomba — the pair had four giant slalom wins each on the challenging Gran Risa course. Greg Bretz are trying to return to the Olympics, while Chase Josey and Gabe Ferguson are trying to make their first team. And White didn’t make the final after falling on his two runs. “In the grand scheme of things, I would have loved to have made finals and locked up my spot on the team,” White said. “But I got the excitement, and I don’t know if you call it the fear in me still of now I’m hungry to make the team.” What’s ahead? Athletes resume qualifying contests with the U.S. Grand Prix on Jan. 10-14 in Snowmass, Colo. They’ll conclude qualifying Jan. 17-21 at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ SECTION D IN LIFE Stepping up for a new mission Kelly Marie Tran is the fresh face of Star Wars. 2D Gauging Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Best are the grown-up tracks; eeeE review. 2D Books even a Scrooge would love Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega DAVID JAMES Christmas stories for your presents and future. 3D MOVIES MOVIES ‘Jedi’ blows up the box office with near-record $220 million Chastain, Sorkin deal well in ‘Molly’s Game’ Andrea Mandell USA TODAY Jake Coyle The Associated Press NEW YORK – Star Wars: The Last Jedi will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson’s second installment in the third Star Wars trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives The Last Jedi the second-best opening ever, slotting in behind only its predecessor, The Force Awakens. The blockbuster became just the fourth film to open with more than $200 million domestically. Aside from The Force Awakens ($248.8 million), the others are The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Jurassic World ($208.8 million). The Last Jedi is off to a similar start overseas, with $230 million in international ticket sales, Disney says, for a three-day global haul of $450 million. The weekend’s only other new wide release, the animated Ferdinand, about a gentle bull voiced by John Cena, was essentially stampeded, grossing $13.3 million and finishing second. The rest of the top five: Pixar’s Day of the Dead movie Coco (No. 3, $10 million); Wonder (No. 4, $5.4 million), starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay; and DC Films’ superhero teamup Justice League (No. 5, $4.2 million). The Last Jedi is more irreverent than previous chapters, and has drawn plaudits for its diverse cast. Critics gave Johnson’s film a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences endorsed it as well, giving it an A grade on CinemaScore, though not all fans are on board. The Last Jedi has scored a dismal 56% rating from 95,000 Rotten Tomato users. Yet the haul for The Last Jedi dwarfed most all releases in the two years since The Force Awakens. By comparison, it has in three days already bested the five-week gross of DC Films’ Justice League ($219.5 million). “Seeing a movie like this in the movie theater, getting the collective goose bumps and having the OMGmoments, that’s something you cannot replicate at home on the small screen,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “Rian Johnson has made a movie that showcases the movie theater experience in a truly brilliant way.” The massive debut for The Last Jedi singlehandedly brightens what has been a disappointing year for Hollywood. The weekend was far and away the highest grossing of the year. Dergarabedian estimates the year will end about 2% down with a little more than $11 billion in ticket sales. Final numbers are expected Monday. Contributing: Kim Willis USA SNAPSHOTS© 27% of Americans say they need a place they can go to be alone so they can escape the insanity of the holidays. SOURCE Extended Stay America hotels survey of 1,017 adults MIKE B. SMITH, KARL GELLES/USA TODAY BEVERLY HILLS – Aaron Sorkin is his own brand in Hollywood, thanks to writing projects like The West Wing and Moneyball. As he prepared to step behind the camera for the first time to direct the poker drama Molly’s Game (in theaters Christmas Day in most large cities, including New York, L.A., Las Vegas and Atlanta, nationwide Jan. 5), you’d assume he’d be laying out the cards for his leading lady. But “I had to sell him on casting me!” says Jessica Chastain. “Every actress in Hollywood wanted this part.” It didn’t take long. “Two minutes into the meeting, she said, ‘Listen, this meeting is stupid. You know you should just give me the part,’ ” laughs Sorkin, 56, sitting on a couch with Chastain, 40. In Molly’s Game, she plays Molly Bloom, a real woman who, as a 26year-old, made waves a decade ago in Hollywood by hosting a high-stakes poker game that attracted famous actors (including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire) and A-list producers. A Colorado native and former competitive skier, Bloom eventually took her skills to New York, where hedge-funders, pro baseball players and, ultimately, Russian mobsters partook in her game. While hosting poker games isn’t illegal, taking a rake (or percentage) off the table is, and Bloom was raided by the FBI in 2011. Bloom pleaded guilty, avoiding jail time but walking away hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. When she sold her story to Hollywood, “it’s not that everything was good and I’d accomplished a lot of things and someone wanted to write a movie about me,” she says by phone. “My life was in shambles. I wrote this pitch to Hollywood as part of a way to figure it out.” In Molly’s Game, Chastain speaks rapid-fire Sorkinese and does a 180 from her off-camera image, wearing clingy, cleavage-baring outfits and layers of smoky makeup. Chastain studied photos of Bloom’s expensive bandage dresses (and videos of the Kardashians contouring) to get the manicured look right, eventually realizing that Bloom used the pricey wardrobe to “become visible” and harness power in a male-dominated industry. See CHASTAIN, Page 4D Aaron Sorkin takes the director’s chair for the first time with “Molly’s Game,” a poker drama he also wrote, starring Jessica Chastain. DAN MACMEDAN/USA TODAY LIFELINE THEY SAID WHAT? THE STARS’ BEST QUOTES If you start using long pauses between the answers, you’re probably going to get the face.” KENSINGTON PALACE VIA — Prince Harry to Barack Obama GETTY IMAGES before interviewing him as part of a guest editorship of BBC Radio’s Today program. Harry’s instructions came after Obama asked, jokingly: “Do I need a British accent?” Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the interview, which took place in Toronto during September’s Invictus Games, will be broadcast Dec. 27. Get Your STIHL On. We’ve got the gear you’re looking for. MAKING WAVES ROSE MCGOWAN For Harvey Weinstein accuser and outspoken activist Rose McGowan, a fashion statement fails. As People and other outlets began reporting that actresses were considering wearing black to the Golden Globes Jan. 7 as a way to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood, McGowan took to social media and made her feelings clear. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change,” she wrote, railing that “silence is the problem.” She added, “I despise your hypocrisy.” Visit STIHLusa.com today! ©2017 STIHL 17STN026-42-136773-21 LIFE 2D ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’ Tran further expands the galaxy Brian Truitt USA TODAY When Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened two years ago, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega became instant stars. Kelly Marie Tran, in contrast, probably was on the radar of only Web-comedy connoisseurs and those who might have caught episodes of NBC’s About A Boy. But Star Wars vehicles have a tendency to launch unknown actors into the stratosphere. (Mark Hamill, anyone?) So her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in theaters now) has made Tran a hit on the promotional tour. “I do feel like I’ve been talking about myself for a crazy long time,” says the 28-year-old San Diego native, who has been photographed adorably freaking out on red carpets and who wrote emotionally about the experience for her Instagram fans. “I’m probably going to go into a cave and not talk to people for a couple days after all this.” She already has made history as the first Asian-American actress to star in a Star Wars movie. Her character, Rose Tico, breaks the mold a little, too, going from a girl low in the Resistance ranks to full-fledged galactic heroine. “We always hear these stories about people who are born into a specific position, like you’re the chosen one or you have a power or you are a hotshot,” Tran says. “Rose represents this person who’s in the background. It’s really cool to see someone (like that) be forced into the forefront of the action and how she deals with it.” Rose is a mechanic in the Resistance’s Cobalt Squadron, where her sister, Paige (Veronica Ngo), is a gunner on a bomber that flies alongside X-wing jockey Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). After the events of The Force Awakens, Poe, Rey and Finn (John Boyega) have become heroes for the rest of the Resistance. Rose is a total Finn fangirl, but when she gets the call to go on an important mission with him, “I don’t know that she’s ready,” Tran says. “She knows that it’s bigger than her. She knows the Resistance is a thing she fights for above ego, above anything, even above fear.” Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) teams with Finn (John Boyega) for a mission in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” JONATHAN OLLEY “Rose represents this person who’s in the background. It’s really cool to see someone (like that) be forced into the forefront of the action and how she deals with it.” Tran and a Stormtooper at the world premiere in L.A. ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES Her role is “definitely a breath of fresh air” in the Star Wars universe, says Boyega, whose Finn character develops a close bond with Rose. “She reminds Finn of that optimism to keep on fight- MUSIC REVIEW ing, to believe in something. But at the same time, she’s a rude little bugger! She doesn’t care what anybody thinks.” A veteran of the Web series Ladies Like Us and CollegeHumor videos, Tran trained in improv comedy. “She understands the light tones that we need to see in (The Last Jedi), despite the seriousness of the narrative,” Boyega says. Star Wars is, not surprisingly, Tran’s biggest role — she had one line in the 2016 Netflix drama XOXO as “Butterfly Rave Girl.” So she used The Last Jedi set as an acting school of sorts, watching co-stars even on days off. Carrie Fisher became a role model: “She led by example,” Tran says. “Obviously, she would speak her mind, but she was just honest and authentic, no matter what.” Being part of a Star Wars film is enough to rock anybody’s world, and one of the ways she got through it was by keeping journals: “I knew I couldn’t tell anyone and I had to get my emotions out some way.” When asked if she’ll ever release The Rose Journalist like Fisher published The Princess Diarist, Tran giggles. “I guard these things with my life. I don’t know if I’ll ever let those get out.” STREAMING PREVIEW ‘Revival’: Eminem’s soft ‘Black Mirror’ side, but still with edge inspires less reflection Patrick Ryan USA TODAY Kelly Lawler At 45 years old, Eminem is more insecure than ever. The rap veteran opens new album Revival with Beyoncé-assisted piano ballad Walk on Water, in which he confesses a loss of confidence after being dismissed by critics and fans, whose sky-high expectations for his recent output were unmet. But with the exception of his continued misogyny (more on that later), Revival eeeE isn’t the misguided ship many feared it would be after Em released hype track Untouchable, his well-intentioned attempt to be “woke” by taking on the perspectives of a racist white cop and African-American man (which is about as cringe-y as it sounds). In fact, the rapper’s ninth album (and first solo effort since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2) is often quite moving as he gets vulnerable about personal subjects he broached from a far more resentful perspective as a younger man. Bad Husband, for instance, is a public apology to his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, detailing the tempestuous breakdown of their relationship but ultimately concluding that they’re “not bad people, just bad together.” Album standout River, featuring Ed Sheeran, puts Eminem in the shoes of a guilt-ridden lover trying to absolve his sins after cheating. And the closing one-two punch of Castle and Arose is written as letters to his daughter, Hailie: cataloging a near-death overdose on pills and his newfound desire to rewrite past mistakes. He isn’t afraid to get political, either. After an admirable yet lyrically clunky freestyle opposing President Trump in October’s BET Hip Hop Awards, the rapper eviscerates the commander in chief once again with the scorching Like Home. Comparing Trump to Hitler, he denounces white supremacy and the transgender military ban, but ultimately he calls for unity, rapping: “He was Columnist USA TODAY Eminem is out with his ninth album. KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE gonna try to tear apart a sacred land we cherish and stand for ... let’s hear it for the start of a brand new America without him, and be proud of where we’re from.” Where Revival falters, perhaps unsurprisingly, is in Eminem’s treatment of women. To his credit, the contentious violence that long plagued his lyrics is gone, yet he continues to objectify female bodies. On the I Love Rock ’n’ Roll-sampling Remind Me, he graphically leers over a curvaceous woman, asking her to “excuse the locker room talk” and “spend the night with the guy most are terrified of.” He takes it a step further on the head-scratching Heat, grossly echoing Trump’s “grab ’em by the (expletive)” brag and saying, “About the only thing I agree on with Donald is that.” Joke or not, it’s a jarring bait-andswitch for Eminem to make after spending much of Revival trying to convince us that he’s a more enlightened, mature artist. But as he wonders on Believe, a legacy-affirming reflection on being a middle-age man in a young guys’ genre: “How do you keep up with the pace and the hunger pangs once you’ve won the race?” For now, we’ll commend the strides he has made and hope for better next time. Download: River, Like Home, In Your Head At this point in 2017 — a year of political, cultural and technological upheaval — it is almost a cliché to say that real life is turning into Black Mirror, the dark British sci-fi anthology series from writer Charlie Brooker that often portrays a future scarred by technology rather than strengthened by it. In its fourth season, the series struggles to keep pushing the boundaries of the sci-fi futures it imagines, as reality becomes eerily close to its fantastical future and the hype surrounding it reaches a fever pitch. In six new episodes (streaming on Netflix Friday, Dec. 29, eegE), Black Mirror is decidedly mixed, managing occasionally to find brilliance but most often dwelling in the mediocre. In past years, the series has had a few duds, but never a season in which most of the stories are disappointments. That doesn’t take away from this year’s exceptional episodes — “U.S.S. Callister,” a riff on Star Trek, and “Hang the DJ” — but it does make the overall experience a bit of a letdown, especially if you binge-watch. The season see-saws between typically structured Mirror episodes and more experimental swings, including the best two. But those swings have yielded better results in past years, and the more by-the-numbers episodes lack surprises and sharpness. “Callister” and “DJ,” however, are sublime, emotionally satisfying and truly surprising episodes that are among the series’ finest. “Callister,” especially, may generate the kind of reverence and buzz that the Emmy-winning “San Junipero” did last year, with a story so cleverly written and of-themoment that a description might spoil its effect. The perfectly cast episode is a brutal character portrait and moral- Rosemarie DeWitt (left) as Marie in the "Arkangel" episode of 'Black Mirror.' CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS / NETFLIX ity tale about power dynamics and male toxicity. “DJ” features fantastic performances from Georgina Campbell and Joe Cole in a story about finding your perfect match, capped by one of the series’ best kickers. But the weak “Black Museum” indicates that even the free-wheeling Mirror has its limits. The episode, about a corporate hack who pushes dangerous consciousness experiments on unsuspecting subjects and eventually opens a horror museum, often feels like a cheap facsimile of the series without any emotional heft. It stretches the anthology format by telling three stories through narrated flashbacks, and they never quite work together. Its twist ending falls decidedly flat. “Crocodile,” about a woman trying to cover up a crime in a world where a device can read memories, is disappointing and feels a bit too close to Season 1’s “The Entire History of You.” “Metalhead,” a post-apocalyptic survival story in which robotic “dogs” stalk the remains of humanity, and “Arkangel,” a cautionary tale of helicopter parenting directed by Jodie Foster and starring Rosemarie DeWitt, are smart and wellcrafted, but too predictable for hardcore Mirror fans. Black Mirror has become known for instilling awe and fear, for provoking viewers to examine their relationships to technology and their loved ones. It’s a tall order that’s tough to sustain. But when Black Mirror is on, there’s nothing else quite like it. And experiencing that sensation twice more is better than nothing. LIFE USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 3D BOOKS BOOK REVIEW ROUNDUP HOLIDAY NOVELS Richard Nixon’s television presence was improved by a young producer named Roger Ailes. AP 1968 election changed the U.S. forever Ray Locker USA TODAY While writing “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens, left) goes on a journey with his character Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) in “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” in theaters now. KERRY BROWN Yule love these five tales like the dickens Jocelyn McClurg, Brian Truitt and Mary Cadden USA TODAY Charles Dickens knew a thing or two about Christmas stories, and they remain a holiday tradition into the 21st century. USA TODAY unwraps five new holiday novels for grownups, teens and tweens, including two graced by the ghostly presence of Mr. Dickens himself. Mr. Dickens and His Carol By Samantha Silva Flatiron, 288 pp. Tis the season, happily for fans of A Christmas Carol, for getting Scrooged, if you’ll pardon the expression. First a movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas starring Dan Stevens, and now the novel Mr. Dickens and His Carol (eeeE) imagine how Charles Dickens, on a tight deadline, concocted what may be the most beloved holiday story of all time. In Samantha Silva’s lively if treacly tale, it’s November 1843 and the immensely popular Dickens is nearly as humbug-y as Scrooge himself. Dickens is mired in debt and his latest work, Martin Chuzzlewit, is a bust. His irritated wife has left London with their evergrowing brood. His publishers are demanding a Christmas hit. But wait, who is the lovely, elusive Eleanor Lovejoy, a mysterious would-be muse for our writer hero? Marley, wink-wink, might know. – McClurg The Afterlife of Holly Chase By Cynthia Hand Harper Teen, 400 pp. “Whatevs” is the new “Bah, humbug” in this clever young-adult sequel of sorts to A Christmas Carol set in presentday New York. Project Scrooge operates as a secret-ops outfit that attempts to show one person a year the true meaning of Christmas. It doesn’t always take, though, and Holly Chase is one of those failures. She died quickly thereafter and is now a hoodie-clad 17-yearold Ghost of Christmas Past for the group, whose newest project is a rich boy named Ethan Winters. Holly imme- diately has the hots for him and risks her gig by going rogue and trying to get to know Ethan. Cynthia Hand in The Afterlife of of Holly Chase (eeeg) blends the tropes and archetypes of the Dickens classic with office high jinks, but also conjures a festive and touching narrative about second chances. – Truitt Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale By G. Neri Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 286 pp. When they were little kids, future literary stars Truman Capote and Harper (Nelle) Lee were fast pals in Monroeville, Ala. G. Neri celebrated their youthful friendship in 2016’s Tru & Nelle, a sweet tale for young readers that did not shy away from the grim realities of the Jim Crow South. In this holiday sequel for middlegraders (eeeg), the year is 1935, and Truman is visiting for Christmas. He’s run away from military school, and the scene where delicate Tru, now 11, leaps off a train (with help from a hobo) is priceless. While this Christmas tale has its lighter moments (think fruitcake), it takes on tough topics such as bullying and the real-life murder trial of two black men, father and son Frank and Brown Ezell. Lee’s attorney father lost the case, which inspired To Kill a Mockingbird. Mature young readers and adult fans of Lee’s masterpiece will find Neri’s deft approach both touching and educational. – McClurg Pupcakes: A Christmas Novel By Annie England Noblin William Morrow, 369 pp. After a messy divorce and sudden move to Memphis, Brydie Benson finds herself as a former wife, a former bakery owner and a soon-to-be former house guest of her best friend, Elliott. Brydie’s chances of a festive holiday season do not look good. Enter an overweight and drooling Teddy Roosevelt to the rescue. That would be Teddy Roosevelt, the pug, and his elderly owner, Pauline Neumann, who needs a house- and dog-sitter after she moves into assisted living. Through caring for Teddy and befriending Pauline, Brydie slowly returns to making a life for herself that includes handsome doctors and a talent for baking for a canine clientele. Noblin’s tale (eeeE) of self-discovery, populated with a colorful cast of characters, is both lighthearted and life-affirming. Readers are in for a sweet treat. – Cadden The Noel Diary By Richard Paul Evans Simon & Schuster, 283 pp. Don’t break out the candy-cane pitchforks but the Christmas Box author’s annual holiday treat is pretty devoid of the season, other than a main character’s name and parallel roads toward grace happening in December. In The Noel Diary (eeeE), Jacob Churcher is a bestselling author who has to revisit a rough childhood and clean up the Salt Lake City home of his estranged, abusive mother after she dies. A mysterious woman named Rachel knocks on the door looking for her own mom, who lived there when Jacob was a boy, and they head off to not only find lost relatives but also redemptive paths. It’s a different type of love story for Evans, albeit a predictable one, and he explores complicated morals and emotions while warming your heart. – Truitt By June 6, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson had declared he wouldn’t seek re-election and Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy had been murdered. The election was still five months away, but the 1968 presidential campaign was already one of the most pivotal in U.S. history. The daily rush of news can obscure the events of an election 50 years ago, but author Lawrence O’Donnell, an MSNBC host, does not exaggerate in Playing With Fire (Penguin Press, 484 pp., eeeg), his briskly paced history of the race, when he writes that it transformed American politics. By the time Republican Richard Nixon was elected in a three-way race over Democratic Vice President Hubert Humphrey and former Alabama governor George Wallace, a Democrat running as an independent, the campaign had reshaped how candidates use television, gave political conventions their last chance to actually pick a nominee and witnessed a candidate interfere in peace negotiations to assure his election. Nixon may not have reached the general election if not for the help of a young television producer named Roger Ailes, who met the former vice president and 1960 Republican nominee in the makeup room of The Mike Douglas Show, a daytime talk show. Ailes told Nixon his television ads and his overall TV presence were killing his chances, and Nixon challenged Ailes to make it better. Ailes (who would one day run Fox News) took him up on the offer. “We have reason to wonder who would be president today if Richard Nixon had not provoked Roger Ailes in The Mike Douglas Show makeup room,” O’Donnell writes. “Such are the seeds that were planted in American politics in the 1968 presidential campaign.” Others have made this observation before; Joe McGinniss wrote a whole book about it in The Selling of the President 1968. But O’Donnell, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, understands politics and its impact. He writes with an assurance and steady sense of pace that makes much of this seem new. He is especially strong on Nixon’s interference in the 1968 Paris peace talks, an episode long rumored but which is now finally understood as fact. Nixon knew Johnson was going to stop the bombing of North Vietnam in a final attempt at progress at the talks. Nixon, who had narrowly lost the 1960 election to John F. Kennedy, did not want to lose another close election. He used Anna Chennault, a ChineseAmerican activist close to the South Vietnamese government, to tell Saigon they should skip the talks, because Nixon would give them a better deal. “Richard Nixon knew he had committed the worst crime in American political history — a crime that arguably cost more than twenty thousand American soldiers their lives by extending the war,” O’Donnell writes. The one quibble with Playing With Fire is that you know you’re reading a book by a liberal TV icon; O’Donnell makes no effort to hide his devotion to Robert Kennedy, whom he calls Bobby throughout the book. Such coziness is unseemly and slightly dims the luster of an otherwise illuminating work. LIFE 4D ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY MUSIC Dr. Dre’s landmark ‘The Chronic’ turns 25 Patrick Ryan USA TODAY Dr. Dre’s The Chronic was released Dec. 15, 1992. Twentyfive years later, we look back on things you may not have known about the rap icon’s seminal solo debut. 1 The cover art nods to the logo for Zig Zag Rolling Papers — fitting, given the album’s cannabis-inspired title. The album spent eight months in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at No. 3. The Chronic is regarded as one of the best-selling rap albums of all time, with 7.5 million copies sold worldwide to date. It was bested by Dr. Dre’s 1999 follow-up, 2001, with 9.3 million. It notched two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart: Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang, which peaked at No. 2, and Let Me Ride, which reached No. 34. Let Me Ride won a Grammy Award for best rap solo performance. The album also earned a nod for rap performance by a duo or group, for Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang. Dr. Dre discovered Snoop Dogg after the latter freestyled over En Vogue’s Hold On. 2 3 4 5 6 As Snoop recalled to LA Weekly, Dre called him and said, “ ‘Man, that (expletive) was dope. I want to get with you. Come to the studio Monday.’ ” The Chronic helped launch the career of Snoop, who had appeared on Dr. Dre’s Deep Cover but made an unforgettable showing on 11 of the album’s 16 tracks — most memorably, Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang. The album also introduced the world to rapper/producer Warren G, who broke out with his own hit, Regulate, featuring Nate Dogg in 1994. The opening drums of Led Zeppelin’s bluesy 1971 single When the Levee Breaks are sampled on Lyrical Gangbang. James Brown’s Funky Drummer also is sampled on Let Me Ride. Kanye West touted the album’s influence on his music in an interview with Rolling Stone, calling it “the 8 9 10 11 DAVE MANGELS/GETTY IMAGES FOR COACHELLA Continued from Page 1D “So many people after screenings will come up to me and say, ‘You’ve never looked better.’ I’m like, ‘Please don’t say that!’ Because every day it was like three hours of hair and makeup or something crazy,” she says. Today, Bloom says she’s putting her life back together. “I’m a convicted felon for life. That’s the deal there,” she says. “But this has all been hugely helpful. I moved back to Colorado and I have my own apartment again. I don’t live with my mom. I have my own bank account again. I have a lot of hope.” With sexual harassment headlines dominatingtoday, Chastain, who has earned Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations for the role, says she’s lucky to have broken through in the industry six years ago as an adult. “I 12 sharp departure from the darker, sample-heavy East Coastbased sound that dominated hip-hop at the time,” according to BET. Although N.W.A had since disbanded, Eazy-E still received 25 to 50 cents for every copy sold of The Chronic because of his deal with Ruthless Records. 13 7 Dr. Dre’s solo debut set the rap standard for years to come. Chastain hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. It’s the benchmark you measure your album against if you’re serious.” Dr. Dre and his producers are credited with pioneering a new sound known as “G-funk” on The Chronic, whose live instruments and synth-laden melodies were “a could decide not to work with a bully,” she says. Still, she remembers, “the first year that my films came out, as exciting as it was for me to finally have a place at the table, I felt at the same time this crippling fear that if I did anything or said something that was taken the wrong way, or offended the wrong person that it would all be taken away from me. It was the sense of powerlessness that I realized being a woman in Hollywood was.” Her hope is that the Hollywood headlines embolden women in all industries “to come forward and speak up. Because we’re living in 2017. And it’s just unacceptable.” It’s a lesson, Chastain says, about “every woman who is struggling for someone to acknowledge her talents, her ideas, her work in an industry where it’s a harder road ... where she’s really not being heard for the person she is but more for the shiny object she’s become.” IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE ) Chapter 11 In re: ExGen Texas Power, LLC, et al., ) Case No. 17-12377 (BLS) ) Jointly Administered Debtors. NOTICE OF DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF PROOFS OF CLAIM, INCLUDING FOR CLAIMS ASSERTED UNDER SECTION 503(b)(9) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE (GENERAL BAR DATE IS January 9, 2018, AT 5:00 P.M. (ET)) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING: On November 7, 2017 (the“Petition Date”), the above-captioned debtors and debtors in possession (collectively, the“Debtors”) filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Court”). On December 13, 2017, the Court entered an order [Docket No.154] (the“Bar Date Order”) establishing certain deadlines for the filing of proofs of claim in the chapter 11 cases of the following Debtors: Debtor, Case No., EID# (Last 4 Digits): ExGen Texas Power,LLC,17-12377,4129; ExGenTexas Power Holdings,LLC,17-12378,2209; Wolf Hollow I Power,LLC, 17-12379,6945; Colorado Bend I Power,LLC,17-12380,9083; Handley Power,LLC,17-12381,4091; Mountain CreekPower,LLC,17-12382,6288; LaPortePower,LLC,17-12383,5101. Pursuant to the Bar Date Order, each person or entity (including, without limitation, each individual, partnership, joint venture, corporation, estate, and trust) that holds or seeks to assert a claim (as defined in section 101(5) of the Bankruptcy Code) against the Debtors that arose, or is deemed to have arisen, prior to the Petition Date (including,without limitation,claims entitled to administrative priority status under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code), no matter how remote or contingent such right to payment or equitable remedy may be, MUST FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM on or before 5:00 p.m. (ET), on January 9, 2018 (the “General Bar Date”), by sending an original proof of claim form to Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC (“KCC”) or by completing the online proof of claim form available at http://www.kccllc.net/EGTP, so that it is actually received on or before the General Bar Date; provided that, solely with respect to governmental units (as defined in section 101(27) of the Bankruptcy Code),the deadline for such governmental units to file a proof of claim against the Debtors is May 7,2018 at 5:00 p.m.(ET) (the“Governmental Bar Date”). Proofs of claim must be sent by overnight mail,courier service,hand delivery,regular mail,or in person,or completed electronically through KCC’s website. Any Claimant who files a Proof of Claim electronically shall retain such Proof of Claim (and supporting documents) with an original signature for a period of not less than two (2) years from the date the Proof of Claim is electronically filed. Proofs of claim sent by facsimile,telecopy,or electronic mail will notbeacceptedandwillnotbeconsideredproperlyortimelyfiledforanypurposeintheseChapter11Cases. ANY PERSON OR ENTITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM IN THESE CHAPTER 11 CASES WITH RESPECT TO A PARTICULAR CLAIM AGAINST THE DEBTORS, BUT THAT FAILS TO DO SO PROPERLY BY THE APPLICABLE BAR DATE, SHALL NOT BE TREATED AS A CREDITOR WITH RESPECT TO SUCH CLAIM FOR PURPOSES OFVOTINGANDDISTRIBUTION. A copy of the Bar Date Order and proof of claim form may be obtained by contacting the KCC, in writing, at ExGen Texas Power, LLC Claims Processing Center, c/o Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, 2335 Alaska Ave., El Segundo, CA, 90245, or online at http://www.kccllc.net/EGTP. The Bar Date Order can also be viewed on the Court’s website at www.deb.uscourts.gov. If you have questions concerning the filing or processing of claims, you may contact KCC, at (877) 573-3984, or, if calling from outside the United States or Canada, at (310)751-1829. Dated: December 13,2017 BY THE ORDER OF THE COURT Wilmington,Delaware THE HONORABLE BRENDAN L.SHANNON Daniel J.DeFranceschi (No.2732),Paul N.Heath (No.3704),Zachary I.Shapiro (No.5103),Joseph C.Barsalona II (No.6102),RICHARDS,LAYTON & FINGER,P.A.,One Rodney Square,920 North King Street,Wilmington,Delaware 19801, Attorneys For Debtors And Debtors In Possession For more information on how to place your ad in Legal Monday, call 1-800-872-3433 Toll-free in the U.S. onlynly UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI, EASTERN DIVISION In re: ARMSTRONG ENERGY, INC., et al., ) Chapter 11, Case No. 17-47541-659 ) Jointly Administered Debtors. NOTICE OF DEADLINES FOR FILING OF PROOFS OF CLAIM PLEASETAKE NOTICE OFTHE FOLLOWING: On December 11,2017,the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (the“Court”) entered an order [Docket No.287] (the“Bar Date Order”)1 establishing certain deadlines for the filing of proofs of claim in the chapter 11 cases of Armstrong Energy, Inc. and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, the “Debtors”). A schedule identifying the Debtors and their respective case and tax identification numbers can be obtained, free of charge, from the website maintained by the Debtors’ claims and noticing agent, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. (“Donlin Recano”), at www. donlinrecano.com/armstrong(the“DonlinRecanoWebsite”). By the Bar Date Order, the Court established: (i) January 10, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., Central Time (the “General Bar Date”),as the general deadline for entities to file proofs of claim in the Debtors’cases for claims against the Debtors that arose or are deemed to have arisen prior to the date on which the Debtors filed their chapter 11 petitions,November 1,2017 (the“Petition Date”); and (ii) April 30,2018,at 11:59 p.m.,Central Time (the“Governmental Bar Date”),as the general deadline for governmental units to file proofs of claim in the Debtors’cases for claims against the Debtors that arose or are deemed to have arisen prior to the Petition Date. Asdescribedbelow,theBarDateOrderalsoestablishesdifferentbardatesforcertaincategoriesofclaims. As used in this Notice,the terms“claim,”“entity,”“governmental unit,”“person”have the meanings given to themunderapplicablesectionsoftitle11oftheUnitedStatesCode(the“BankruptcyCode”). A. THE BAR DATES. The Bar Date Order establishes the following bar dates for filing proofs of claim or requestsforpaymentofcertainadministrativeexpensesinthesecases(collectively,the“BarDates”): 1. The General Bar Date. Pursuant to the Bar Date Order, except as described below, all entities holding claims (whether secured,unsecured,priority or unsecured priority,including section 503(b)(9) claims) against the Debtors that arose or are deemed to have arisen prior to the commencement of these cases are required to file proofs of claim by the General Bar Date. TheGeneralBarDateappliestoalltypesofclaimsagainsttheDebtors thatarosepriortothePetitionDate. 2. The Governmental Bar Date. Pursuant to the Bar Date Order, all governmental units holding claims against the Debtors that arose before the Petition Date are required to file proofs of claim by the Governmental BarDate(i.e.,byApril30,2018,at11:59p.m.,CentralTime). 3. TheRejectionBarDate. PursuanttotheBarDateOrder,anyentityassertinganyprepetitionorpostpetition claims against the Debtors (including administrative claims under section 503(b) of the Bankruptcy Code) arising from or relating to the rejection of executory contracts or unexpired leases pursuant to a court order or by operation of section 365(d)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code (collectively,“Rejection Damages Claims”) are required to file proofs of claim by the later of: (i) the General Bar Date;and (ii) 11:59 p.m.,CentralTime,on the date that is 30 days after the entry of the relevant order or the deemed rejection date. The later of these dates is referredtointhisNoticeasthe“RejectionBarDate.” 4. The Amended Schedule Bar Date. Pursuant to the Bar Date Order, if, subsequent to the date of this Notice, a Debtor amends or supplements its Schedules to: (i) reduce the undisputed, noncontingent and liquidated amount of a claim against the Debtor; (ii) change the nature or classification of a claim against the Debtor in a manner adverse to the scheduled creditor;or (iii) add a new claim to the Schedules with respect to a partythatwasnotpreviouslyservedwithnoticeoftheBarDates,theaffectedclaimantisrequiredtofileaproof of claim or amend any previously filed proof of claim in respect of the new or amended scheduled claim on or before the later of: (i) the General Bar Date;and (ii) 11:59 p.m.,CentralTime,on the date that is 30 days after the date that notice of the applicable amendment or supplement to the Schedules is served on the claimant. The laterofthesedatesisreferredtointhisNoticeasthe“AmendedScheduleBarDate.” B. WHO MUST FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM. Unless an exception applies,if you have a claim that arose or is deemed to have arisen prior to the Petition Date,you MUST file a proof of claim to vote on a chapter 11 plan or to share in distributions from the Debtors’bankruptcy estates. Claims based on acts or omissions of the Debtors thatoccurredbeforethePetitionDatemustbefiledonorpriortotheapplicableBarDate,evenifsuchclaimsare not now fixed,liquidated or certain or did not mature or become fixed,liquidated or certain before the Petition Date. The exceptions to the requirement to file a claim by the Bar Dates are described in the Bar Date Order, whichisavailableontheDonlinRecanoWebsite. C. NO BAR DATE FOR PROOFS OF INTEREST. Any entity holding an interest in any Debtor (an“Interest Holder”), which interest is based exclusively upon the ownership of common or preferred stock in a corporation,a membership interest in a limited liability corporation or partnership or warrants or rights to purchase, sell or subscribe to such a security or interest (any such security or interest,an“Interest”),need not file a proof of Interest on or before the General Bar Date;provided that Interest Holders who wish to assert claims against any of the Debtors that arise out of or relate to the ownership or purchase of an Interest,including claims arising out of or relating to the sale,issuance or distribution of the Interest,must file proofs of claim on or before the General Bar Date, unless another exception applies. The Debtors have reserved the right to establish at a later time a bar date requiring Interest Holders to file proofs of Interest. If such bar date is established,Interest HolderswillbenotifiedofthebardateforfilingproofsofInterestattheappropriatetime. D. WHAT TO FILE. Claims should be asserted on proof of claim forms that conform substantially to the standard proof of claim form, Official Form B 410. Proof of claim forms may be obtained, free of charge, at http://www.uscourts.gov/forms/bankruptcy-formsortheDonlinRecanoWebsite. All proof of claim forms must be signed by the claimant or,if the claimant is not an individual,by an authorized agent of the claimant. The proof of claim form must be written in English and be denominated in United States currency. You should attach to your completed proof of claim form any documents upon which the claim is based (or,if such documents are voluminous,attach a summary) or an explanation as to why the documents arenotavailable. Except as otherwise set forth in the Bar Date Order,all Claimants asserting a Claim against more than one Debtor must file a separate Proof of Claim with respect to each such Debtor and identify on each Proof of Claim the particular Debtor against which such Claim is asserted and the case number for that particular Debtor. If any Proof of Claim does not clearly specify the name of the Debtor against which the claim is asserted (includinglisting multipleDebtors),thatProofofClaimshallbeadministeredasthough itwasfiledagainstArmstrong Energy,Inc.,unless a single different case number is clearly specified. Notwithstanding the foregoing,the failure of any entity to file its Proof of Claim against the correct Debtor shall not constitute cause to expunge the Proof of Claim. Rather,the Debtors may seek to reclassify the Proof of Claim so that the claim is asserted against theproperDebtoronnoticetotheaffectedclaimant. Any entity asserting a Rejection Damages Claim with an administrative claim component must file,along with its proof of claim, a detailed statement describing the nature and basis of any portion of the Rejection Damages Claim asserting an administrative priority under section 503(b) of the Bankruptcy Code (the “AdministrativeClaimSupplement”). Any Proof of Claim asserting a claim entitled to priority under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code must also:(i) include the value of the goods delivered to and received by the Debtors in the 20 days prior to the Petition Date;(ii) attach any documentation identifying the particular invoices for which the 503(b)(9) claim is being asserted;and (iii) attach documentation of any reclamation demand made to the Debtors under section 546(c)oftheBankruptcyCode(ifapplicable). Under the Bar Date Order,the filing of a proof of claim form,along with an attached Administrative Claim Supplement, if applicable, shall be deemed to satisfy the procedural requirements for the assertion of a Rejection Damages Claim (including any administrative claim included therein). All other administrative claims under section 503(b) of the Bankruptcy Code must be made by separate requests for payment in accordance with section 503(a) of the Bankruptcy Code and shall not be deemed proper if made by proof of claim. No deadline has been established for the filing of administrative claims other than (a) claims under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code and (b) any portion of a Rejection Damages Claim seeking administrative priority,which claims must be filed by the General Bar Date and the Rejection Bar Date, respectively. E. WHENANDWHERETOFILE. ProofsofClaimmustbesenteither(a)throughtheCM/ECFsystemonthe Court’s website at https://www.ecf.moeb.uscourts.gov/cgibin/login; or (b) electronically using the Electronic Proof of Claim (ePOC) Program on the Court’s website at http://www.moeb.uscourts.gov/epoc.htm; or (c) by first-class mail or overnight courier to Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 111 S. 10th St.,4th Floor,St.Louis,MO 63102; or (d) by (i) first-class mail to Armstrong Energy, Inc. Claims Processing Center, c/o Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., P.O. Box 199043, Blythebourne Station, Brooklyn, NY 11219, (ii) overnight courier, or hand-delivery to Armstrong Energy, Inc. Claims Processing Center, c/o Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Proofs of claim will be deemedfiledonlywhenactuallyreceivedbytheClerkoftheUSBankruptcyCourtorbytheArmstrongClaims Processing Center on or before the applicable Bar Date. Proofs of claim may NOT be delivered by facsimile or electronic mail transmission. Any facsimile or electronic mail submission will not be accepted and will notbedeemedfileduntilaproofofclaimissubmittedbyoneoftheapprovedmethodsdescribedabove. Proof of claim forms will be collected from the Armstrong Claims Processing Center, docketed and maintained by the Debtors’claims agent,Armstrong. If you wishtoreceive acknowledgement of Armstrong’s receipt of a proof of claim,you must submit to Armstrong by the applicable Bar Date and concurrently with your original proof of claim: (a) a copy of the original proof of claim; and (b) a self-addressed, postage prepaid return envelope. F. CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE TO FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM BY THE APPLICABLE BAR DATE. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SET FORTH IN THE BAR DATE ORDER,ANY ENTITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM WITH RESPECT TO A PARTICULAR CLAIM AGAINST A DEBTOR BUT THAT FAILS TO DO SO BY THE APPLICABLE BAR DATE DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE SHALL BE ESTOPPED AND ENJOINED FROM THE FOLLOWING: (A) ASSERTING ANY SUCH CLAIM AGAINST THE DEBTORS OR THEIR ESTATES, OR AGAINST ANY REORGANIZED OR POSTEFFECTIVE DATE DEBTOR FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF A CHAPTER 11 PLAN OF REORGANIZATION IN THESE CASES,OR PROPERTY THAT (I) IS IN AN AMOUNT THAT EXCEEDS THE AMOUNT,IF ANY,THAT IS IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHEDULES ON BEHALF OF SUCH ENTITY AS UNDISPUTED,NONCONTINGENT AND LIQUIDATED OR (II) IS OF A DIFFERENT NATURE OR CLASSIFICATIONTHAN ANY SUCH CLAIM IDENTIFIED INTHE SCHEDULES ON BEHALF OF SUCH ENTITY (ANY SUCH CLAIM IN THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (A) BEING REFERRED TO IN THIS NOTICE AS AN “UNSCHEDULED CLAIM”);(B) VOTING UPON,OR RECEIVING DISTRIBUTIONS UNDER,ANY CHAPTER 11 PLAN OR PLANS IN THESE CHAPTER 11 CASES IN RESPECT OF AN UNSCHEDULED CLAIM; OR (C) WITH RESPECT TO ANY ADMINISTRATIVE PRIORITY CLAIM COMPONENT OF ANY REJECTION DAMAGES CLAIM, ASSERTING ANY SUCH PRIORITYCLAIMAGAINSTTHEDEBTORSORTHEIRESTATESORPROPERTY. G. RESERVATION OF RIGHTS. The Debtors reserve the right to: (a) dispute,or assert offsets or defenses against,any filed claim or any claim listed or reflected in the Schedules as to nature,amount,liability,priority, classification or otherwise;(b) subsequently designate any scheduled claim as disputed,contingent or unliquidated;and (c) otherwise amend or supplement the Schedules. Nothing contained in this Notice shall preclude theDebtorsfromobjectingtoanyclaim,whetherscheduledorfiled,onanygrounds. H. THE DEBTORS’SCHEDULES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. You may be listed as the holder of a claim against one or more of the Debtors in the Debtors’Schedules. Copies of the Debtors’Schedules,a proof of claim form and other information and documents regarding the Debtors’chapter 11 cases (including the Bar DateOrder)areavailableforinspectionanddownloadfreeofchargeontheDonlinRecanoWebsite. If you rely on the Debtors’Schedules,it is your responsibility to determine that the claim is accurately listed in the Schedules. Otherwise,if you decide to file a proof of claim,you must do so before the applicable Bar Date inaccordancewiththeproceduressetforthinthisNotice. If you require additional information regarding the filing of a proof of claim,you may contact Donlin Recano toll free at (866) 416-0556,or via electronic mail at email@example.com. You also may contact DonlinRecanodirectlybywritingtotheDonlinRecanoClaimsProcessingCenter. A HOLDER OF A POSSIBLE CLAIM AGAINST THE DEBTORS SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY REGARDING ANY MATTERS NOT COVERED BY THIS NOTICE, SUCH AS WHETHER THE HOLDER SHOULD FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM. YOU ARE FURTHER ENCOURAGED TO CAREFULLY REVIEW THE BAR DATE ORDERANDRELATEDMATERIALSONTHEDONLINRECANOWEBSITE. 1 AllcapitalizedtermsnototherwisedefinedhereinshallhavethemeaningsetforthintheBarDateOrder. 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The film is the subject of the newly released book Seduced By Mrs. Robinson by Beverly Gray. In her eeeE review, USA TODAY’s Andrea Mandell writes that Seduced “aims to secure The Graduate its proper place in the Hollywood canon.” Go: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens Wednesday. The film, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, follows four teenagers who are transported through an old video game into an alternate world. TOMMY GARCIA/BRAVO DVD/BLU-RAY View: Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk is out Tuesday. USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt gives eeeg to the “intense and excellently crafted thriller.” STREAMING Watch: Peaky Blinders returns to Netflix Thursday for a fourth season. Cillian Murphy reprises his role as Tommy Shelby, a crime boss in Birmingham, England, in 1919. Compiled by Mary Cadden ROBERT VIGLASKY/ NEW LINE HOME VIDEO NETFLIX TONIGHT ON TV 8:00 Critic’s Corner Kelly Lawler USA TODAY Gunpowder HBO, 10 ET/PT Kit Harington returns to HBO, but not for more Game of Thrones. Gunpowder is a new three-part miniseries that takes place in 17th-century England and chronicles the events leading up to Guy Fawkes Day. The series kicks off in the aftermath of the death of Elizabeth I as the conflict between Catholics and Protestants heats up in the country. After a Jesuit priest and a Catholic woman are killed, Robert Catesby (Harington) resolves to avenge their deaths. Catesby (Kit Harington) rides out for revenge. HBO Ellen’s Game of Games NBC, 10 ET/PT Ellen DeGeneres is bringing some of the trademark games from her daytime show to prime time for this six-part series, which premieres Jan. 2 but airs a special preview tonight. Contestants play supersize versions of games like “Dizzy Dash,” “Tuba Toothpaste,” “Aw Snap” and “Scary Go Round” for a chance to win cash prizes. 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 NETWORK ABC The Great Christmas Light Fight A display includes a mine shaft; a winter wonderland The Year in Memoriam 2017 Legendary Local Programs is presented. (N) (Season finale) icons are celebrated. (N) Jimmy Kimmel Live CBS Kevin Can Wait First patrol. (N) Late Show Stephen Colbert Fox Lucifer Maze travels to Canada for a case. The Gifted Reed makes deal with Sentinel Services. NBC The Voice The final four artists perform in front of the coaches; one of the four artists Ellen’s Game of Games Contestants Local Programs Tonight Show becomes closer to winning the title. (N) play games for a cash prize. Jimmy Fallon (N) Antiques Roadshow Perfume bottle. Antiques Roadshow Tall case clocks. Independent Lens Powerlifter Naomi Kutin comes of age. (N) Amanpour (N) PBS CW ION Telemundo Univision Man with a Plan (N) Superior Donuts (N) 9JKL Friend break up. (N) Scorpion Walter dreams life without Team Scorpion. (N) Local Programs Local Programs Popstar’s Best of 2017 (N) Walk of Fame Honors 2017 (N) Criminal Minds Killing spree. Criminal Minds Teens abducted. Local Programs Criminal Minds Storage contents. Criminal Minds Unsolved murders. Milagros de Navidad (N) Sangre de mi tierra (N) Señora Acero: La Coyote (N) Al rojo vivo (N) Titulares y más El Rey David Rey de Israel. Mi marido tiene familia Caer en tentación Primer (N) Noticiero Univ. (N) The First 48 Officer is murdered. The First 48 Woman’s slashing. The First 48 Gunfire erupts. CABLE A&E AMC Animal Planet BBC America BET Bravo Cartoon CMT CNBC CNN Comedy Discovery Disney DisXD DIY E! Food Fox News Freeform FX FXX GSN Hallmark HGTV History HLN ID IFC Lifetime MSNBC MTV NatGeo NatGeo Wild Nick OWN Oxygen Pop Science Spike Sundance Syfy TBS TCM TLC TNT Travel TruTV TV Land USA Velocity VH1 Viceland WE Weather WGN America This Christmas An estranged family comes together to celebrate Christmas. Delroy Lindo (2007) Alaskan Bush People Alaskan Bush People (N) The First 48 Protecting his wife. A Christmas Carol Old man learns a lesson in compassion. Alaskan Bush People (N) Alaskan Bush People Titanic An aging survivor of the Titanic tells the story of her forbidden romance with a young dashing vagabond during the ship’s infamous maiden voyage. (1997) Coach Carter Coach jeopardizes a winning season. Samuel L. Jackson (2005) Vanderpump Rules Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart Toni Braxton’s life is chronicled. (2016) Vanderpump Rules (N) RelationShep (N) Bob’s Burgers American Dad! What Happens (N) Vanderpump Rules King of the Hill American Dad! Cleveland Show Bob’s Burgers Family Guy Last Man Standing Last Man Standing Where the Heart Is A pregnant teen takes up secret residence in a 24-hour department store. Natalie Portman (2000) Family Guy Shark Tank Famous inventor. Shark Tank Jimmy Kimmel. Shark Tank Beekeeper pitch. Shark Tank New ideas. Anderson Cooper 360° (N) Anderson Cooper 360° (N) CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (N) CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (N) South Park South Park South Park South Park Street Outlaws: Full Throttle (N) South Park Street Outlaws (N) South Park The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (N) Street Outlaws: Overdrive (N) Street Outlaws Stuck in the Middle Stuck in the Middle Bizaardvark Raven’s Home K.C. Undercover Liv and Maddie Bizaardvark Raven’s Home DuckTales Star vs. Forces Parker Plays Parker Plays Gravity Falls DuckTales Spider-Man SpiderMan Maine Cabin Masters Maine Cabin Masters Maine Cabin Masters (N) Maine Cabin Masters Hitch A romance coach helps men lure in the ladies, but he soon has his own problems. Will Smith, Eva Mendes (2005) E! News (N) Holiday Baking Championship Holiday Baking Championship (N) Christmas Cookie Challenge (N) Gingerbread Giants (N) Tucker Carlson Tonight (N) Hannity (N) The Ingraham Angle (N) Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic (N) Elf A man raised by elves travels to New York to find his real father. (2003) Fox News @ Night (N) The 700 Club Pitch Perfect 2 The exploits of the gals who comprise an a cappella group are followed. (2015) Pitch Perfect 2 An a cappella group goes international. (2015) The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons Family Feud Family Feud Family Feud Family Feud Family Feud Family Feud Cash Cab Cash Cab A Very Merry Mix Up A woman joins the wrong family. Alicia Witt (2013) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Single mom rediscovers Christmas spirit. Love It or List It Space upgrade. Tiny Hunters (N) Love It or List It Space for baby. International House Hunters International Forged in Fire: Cutting Deeper Bladesmiths make a kukri, then a katana; materials come from surprising source. (N) Forged in Fire Pandat sword. Forensic Files Forensic Files Forensic Files Forensic Files Forensic Files The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade (N) That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show Forensic Files Forensic Files Forensic Files People Magazine Investigates (N) The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show That ‘70s Show Snowed Inn Christmas Polar-opposites save a historic inn. (2017) 12 Men of Christmas A New York publicist heads to Montana. (2009) (10:14) All in with Chris Hayes The Rachel Maddow Show Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell The 11th Hour with Brian Williams Teen Mom Ryan must pass a drug test. Teen Mom A family trip. (N) Floribama Shore Aimee’s past. (N) Teen Mom 2 Relationships. (N) Drugs Inc. Hard drugs in jails. Drugs Inc. London subculture. Drugs Inc. Increased demand. StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson World’s Weirdest Strange sea animals. World’s Weirdest Animals that crawl. World’s Weirdest Bizarre birds. World’s Weirdest Strange sea animals. Full House Fresh Prince Friends Full House Full House Full House Fresh Prince Friends Dateline on OWN E-mail cons. Dateline on OWN Toddler witness. Dateline on OWN 2008 disappearance. Dateline on OWN E-mail cons. Snapped Husband shot. Snapped Self-defense. Snapped Mysterious illness. It Takes a Killer (N) Snapped You’ve Got Mail A woman begins an online romance with a man who hides his true identity. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan (1998) Message in a Bottle (1999) Dark Energy: Dangerous (N) Space’s Deepest Secrets Mysteries of dark matter are explored. (N) Dark Energy: The Dangerous Secret Friends Cops Cops Friends Cops Young Guns Six young gunslingers seek justice. Emilio Estevez (1988) Cops Cops Cops Young Guns II Billy the Kid and his gang flee the law. Emilio Estevez (1990) (9:51) Faster A man takes revenge on fellow criminals. Dwayne Johnson (2010) The Last Airbender A child destined to save the world. Noah Ringer (2010) Family Guy Tarantula (N) Family Guy Family Guy Family Guy Doctor Dolittle A doctor, who can talk to animals, sets out on a quest to find a rare snail. (1967) Tarantula (N) Conan Stephen Colbert; Rod Man. My Fair Lady A professor transforms a flower girl. (1964) 90 Day Fiance Molly reveals that she married Luis; Ashley is invited to David’s wedding. (N) 90 Day Fiance Molly’s big news. A Christmas Carol Ghosts teach a tyrant a valuable lesson. Patrick Stewart (1999) New Year’s Eve Tales of love in New York City. Halle Berry (2011) (10:16) Bizarre Foods Booze Traveler (N) (Season premiere) Bizarre Foods Man v. Food (N) Man v. Food (N) Ginormous Food Man v. Food Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers Loves Raymond Loves Raymond Loves Raymond Loves Raymond Mom Mom WWE Monday Night Raw from Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. (Live) Wheeler Dealers 1965 3000 MkIII. Wheeler Dealers 1990s Mitsubishi. Love & Hip Hop (N) It’s Always Sunny It’s Always Sunny It’s Always Sunny It’s Always Sunny King of Queens King of Queens Modern Family Modern Family Wheeler Dealers 1973 Mach 1 restored. Wheeler Dealers 1965 3000 MkIII. Love & Hip Hop A Merry Mackie Holiday (N) It’s Always Sunny It’s Always Sunny Desus & Mero (N) Bronson (N) Criminal Minds Girls choose victim. Criminal Minds Bomber in Seattle. Criminal Minds Competing killers. Criminal Minds Terrorist prisoner. Tornado Alley EF-5 in Moore, Okla. Tornado Alley EF-5 struck in 2011. Tornado Alley Cop saves toddler. Hurricanes 2017: Cruel and Unusual M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H MOVIE NETWORKS Ellen DeGeneres has her “Game” face on. NBC Superior Donuts CBS, 9 ET/PT Arthur (Judd Hirsch) decides to run against Fawz (Maz Jobrani) in a local election, and Franco (Jermaine Fowler) becomes his campaign manager. Tush (David Koechner) and Randy (Katey Sagal) also discover they ran into each other long before they got to the doughnut shop. Love TV? Join USA TODAY’s live video chat on Mondays, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, at facebook .com/usatodaylife. Email your questions to criticscorner @usatoday.com or tweet them to @klawls. Cinemax Fast Times at Ridgemont High A high school boy and his sister work at the mall and deal with oddball peers. (1982) Encore Patriot Games A terrorist targets former CIA agent. Harrison Ford (1992) (7:01) FXM Star Trek Into Darkness Captain Kirk and the brave crew of the Starship Enterprise venture toward a war-zone world in order to apprehend one man capable of mass destruction. Chris Pine (2013) Hallmark Movies Romance at Reindeer Lodge Stranded at holiday-themed ranch. (2017) (7:00) HBO Agnelli Family and friends of a former leader of an organization HBO First Look are interviewed. Dr. Henry Kissinger (2017) Cast interviews. Gunpowder (N) (Series premiere) Lifetime Movie Stalked by My Doctor A teenage girl is stalked by the heart doctor who miraculously saved her life. Eric Roberts, Brianna Chomer (2015) Stalked by My Doctor: The Return A teenage girl saved from drowning by a doctor who becomes obsessed with her. Eric Roberts, Claire Blackwelder (2016) Showtime Office Christmas Party (2016) (6:45) SMILF Bridge’s towed car. Starz The Girlfriend Experience Bria must deal with facing Donald. TMC The Babadook Mom rids eerie story book scaring her kids, but unleashes a sinister presence. Essie Davis (2014) SMILF Bridge’s towed car. Get Smart A quirky analyst is promoted to help an agent fight Kindergarten Cop A cop poses as a evil syndicate’s crime wave. Steve Carell (2008) kindergarten teacher. (1990) (11:20) Beverly Hills Cop II Detroit cop Axel Foley returns to the West Coast to help police catch crooks. Eddie Murphy (1987) Eddie Murphy: Raw Funnyman Eddie Murphy discusses divorce and relations between the sexes. Eddie Murphy (1987) Star Trek Into Darkness The brave crew of the Starship Enterprise hunts down a dangerous man. Chris Pine (2013) Christmas in Angel Falls A guardian angel is assigned to a town to revitalize their Christmas spirit. Rachel Boston, Paul Greene (2017) Shameless Ian tests Fiona’s patience and resolve. Ill Behaviour (N) Tickling Giants Egyptian comic Bassem Youssef works on a television show that angers his government and endears himself with his fellow countryman. (2017) The Magical Christmas Ornaments A mother revives daughter’s spirit. (2017) Logan Logan meets young mutant who needs help. Hugh Jackman (2017) Shameless Ian tests Fiona’s patience and resolve. The Girlfriend Experience Mother’s Day A sadistic family terrorizes the new residents of their former home. Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King (2012) (9:35) Pineapple Express (2008) (11:47) The Boy Lauren Cohan (2016) SPORTS NETWORKS ESPN ESPN2 FS1 Golf MLB NBA NBCSports NFLN Monday Night Football Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Raymond James Stadium (Live) SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt College Basketball Omaha vs. Kansas College Basketball Tennessee State Tigers at Texas Longhorns (Live) Marty Smith College Basketball (Live) College Basketball UT Arlington Mavericks at Creighton Bluejays (Live) Speak for Yourself LPGA Tour Golf Fan Favorites - Rounds of 2017 No. 5 MLB Tonight MLB Network Presents MLB Tonight NBA Basketball Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder from Chesapeake Energy Arena (Live) Super High Roller Poker Series NFL Total Access Super High Roller Cash Game A Football Life John Randle Customized to your location NBA Basketball Golden State Warriors vs. LA Lakers (Live) Super High Roller Cash Game A Football Life Jim Kelly MOVIES COMPLETE LISTINGS TVLISTINGS.USATODAY.COM SportsCenter Super High Roller Cash Game The Timeline The Tuck Rule Endgame Eastern Time may vary in some cities (N) New episode.