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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
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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
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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
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HUD secretary reminds Americans
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Mass protests have become tools for white nationalists. Protesters rally in
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Decades of pent-up
anger feed white
nationalist crusade
Movement tailors tactics
to a ripe political climate
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they did last year.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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He’s turning Louisville’s
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What does it mean
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An American is inclusive and accepting of others, fortunate and honored to
have the privilege of living in our truly
great and abundant country. We have a
land with vast resources and a people
capable of anything. Our advantages are
used for the good of the planet and all its
creatures — all people, all living things.
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.
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What do you hope to get out of
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With the help of our team, I hope to
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preservation. The bigger picture is that I
will learn from the experience and talent embodied within the people of Vital
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The music scene in Louisville gives
me hope. There are many examples of
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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.
PRECIPITATION FORECAST
Note: For contiguous
COLDEST: -19°
Saranac Lake, N.Y. 48 states through
T-storms
59
Palm Springs
73
Pierre
52
North Platte
57
63
Juneau
62
60
63
64
82
67
71
Houston
67
Charleston
Tallahassee
73
78
74
71
80
Tampa
82
Miami
San Juan
SOURCE CalFire, AccuWeather
77
10s
20s
30s
40s
50s
60s
83
84
Brownsville
70s
TUESDAY
67
Savannah
Jacksonville
Mobile
New
Orleans
63
68
63
63
Jackson
Baton Rouge
San Antonio
Honolulu
34
Austin
Raleigh
Montgomery
Shreveport
MidlandOdessa
61
Columbia
Atlanta
61
47
Richmond
52
63
58
TODAY
Philadelphia
52
56
Charlotte
Nashville
37
Washington Annapolis
Charleston
57
Little Rock Birmingham
62
Dallas
58
Hawaii
61
62
61
54
34
46
49
Cincinnati
50
Memphis
Tulsa
Lubbock
56
48
21
Boston
New York
45
Harrisburg
Puerto Rico
Below 10
Ice/mix
Hartford
37
Pittsburgh
Columbus
49
58 56
60
Oklahoma
City
El Paso
Fairbanks
47
56
56
45
42
Jefferson City St. Louis Louisville
Knoxville
Wichita
60
49
Chicago
27
Albany
Cleveland
Lansing
Kansas City Springfield
Indianapolis
59
50
68
41
53
Topeka
Albuquerque
Phoenix
Madison
Des Moines
40
Detroit
41 42
44
Montpelier
Buffalo
Grand
Milwaukee Rapids
Sioux Falls
48
53
56
Santa Fe
Flagstaff
38
Omaha
Denver
42
Summer.
22
Snow
Augusta
Burlington
31
Mpls-St. Paul
38
Cheyenne
Aspen
34
33
49
48
70
17
Rain
20
Marquette
Duluth
Fargo
Casper
40
53
Las Vegas
San Diego
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collected $38 million less in property
tax revenue this year from oil and
natural gas production.
that sickened a third of Central
Elementary School students forced
the campus to close last week.
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.
Bangor
37
Bend
45
VERMONT Brattleboro: Officials want
Breaking News Ground
Miles City
Helena
Boise
Eureka
studies can proceed for a 140-mile
pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River, Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Spokane
40
Portland
Salem
UTAH Salt Lake City: Environmental
4 p.m. ET yesterday
48
Olympia
TEXAS Houston: A proposed shelter
may ease concerns about homeless
camps under downtown freeways.
school officials are being trained to
use the antidote for opioid overdoses, The Bismarck Tribune reports.
Seattle
48
Guard is coordinating salvage for a
sunken Mississippi River tugboat.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Area
HOTTEST: 84°
Immokalee, Fla.
At 269,000 acres
burned, the
Thomas Fire is
now the 3rd
largest in
California history.
TENNESSEE Memphis: The Coast
jury indicted four people in the disappearance of $2 million from Wake
County’s register of deeds office.
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investigating the deaths of 42 heifers
and a bull, The Daily Republic says.
NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: A grand
officials are investigating the risk of
local children developing a rare
brain tumor that has killed three
since 2010, The Sun Herald reports.
Science and Industry will no longer
SOUTH DAKOTA Fedora: Officials are
NEW HAMPSHIRE Bedford: State
MISSISSIPPI Ocean Springs: Health
ILLINOIS Chicago: The Museum of
lawmaker wants to increase penalties
for trains that block traffic for more
than five minutes, The State reports.
KANSAS Wichita: A couple whose
home was raided SWAT-style in
2012 in a fruitless search for marijuana lost their suit seeking damages, The Kansas City Star reports.
MINNESOTA St. Paul: Ramsey
County Attorney John Choi is the
new president of the Minnesota
County Attorneys Association.
IDAHO Idaho Falls: Federal officials
gave Idaho National Laboratory positive ratings in a recent performance
evaluation, The Post Register reports.
SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: A state
officials identified $11.2 billion in
construction needs over 20 years.
who admitted setting a fire that
killed 13 horses is going to jail for a
year, then a mental health center.
officials were fined for soliciting and
taking business trip travel upgrades,
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: A task
force on the state’s school building
crisis may recommend spending
$500 million in bonds for repairs.
largest ranches owned by the late
co-president of Mars Inc. was sold
Dec. 1, The Billings Gazette reports.
MICHIGAN Grand Rapids: A man
HAWAII Honolulu: Four state tourism
local prosecutor is seeking to remove
newly elected school board member
because of a 2001 misdemeanor theft
conviction, PennLive.com reports.
MONTANA Billings: One of the
is reviewing a proposed merger of
several hospital systems that could
form a major health care network.
derbirds will fly at a 2019 air show at
Warner Robins Air Force Base.
PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg: The
state’s Clean Water Commission
voted to allow two new concentrated animal feeding operations.
there’s little chance that lawmakers
will allow convenience and grocery
stores to sell cold beer next year.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: The state
GEORGIA Warner Robins: The Thun-
MISSOURI Jefferson City: The
80s
90s
100s
110+
Forecasts and
WEDNESDAY
graphics provided
by AccuWeather Inc.
©2017
TOP TRAVEL CITIES Air quality index (AQI)
BALTIMORE
ATLANTA
MON
MON
Fog
63/49
TUE
A little
rain
67/59
TUE
WED
Rain
70/48
WED
AQI Moderate
AQI Moderate
MPLS-ST. PAUL
MIAMI
MON
TUE
WED
Partly
sunny
83/68
Mostly
sunny
83/69
Mostly
sunny
83/67
f Fog
TUE
WED
CHARLOTTE
Flurry
34/33
Mostly
cloudy
45/34
Mostly
sunny
41/23
AQI Moderate
NEW ORLEANS
MON
Rain
64/47
TUE
WED
Rain,
cooler
60/40
WED
Colder
40/30
WED
Partly
sunny
65/50
WED
AQI Moderate
NEW YORK
Plenty of
sun
36/19
TUE
Fog
77/63
TUE
WED
Mostly
cloudy
73/53
U.S. CITIES
TODAY
TUE
Akron, Ohio
Albany, N.Y.
Albuquerque
Allentown, Pa.
Amarillo, Texas
Anaheim, Calif.
Anchorage, Alaska
Aspen, Colo.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Augusta, Ga.
Austin, Texas
Bakersfield, Calif.
Baton Rouge, La.
Billings, Mont.
Birmingham, Ala.
Bismarck, N.D.
Boise, Idaho
Buffalo, N.Y.
Burlington, Vt.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, W.Va.
Cheyenne, Wyo.
43/38c
37/31sn
50/26s
45/34c
63/31s
73/45s
22/16pc
42/17s
51/42pc
65/47c
62/57c
65/38s
71/62r
48/28c
61/50f
52/24c
37/30c
40/37sh
31/29sf
49/33pc
67/54c
52/44c
49/32pc
52/31f
45/35c
50/28s
50/32c
59/27s
70/45s
34/28sn
44/18pc
57/43pc
74/57f
69/46r
67/39s
77/63t
42/32c
67/59r
41/23pc
42/35c
44/29r
43/31sn
48/23s
74/58f
60/42f
50/33s
sn Snow
w Windy
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Colorado Springs
Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dayton, Ohio
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Des Moines, Iowa
Duluth, Minn.
Durham, N.C.
El Paso, Texas
Fairbanks, Alaska
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Fargo, N.D.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fresno, Calif.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Green Bay, Wis.
Greensboro, N.C.
Greenville, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
MON
TUE
TUE
AQI Moderate
DENVER
Partly
sunny
63/55
MON
Fog
51/28
MON
sf Snowflurries
DALLAS
Partly
sunny
47/38
TUE
Rain
74/62
r Rain
CHICAGO
MON
Fog
68/54
MON
Cloudy
27/23
Mostly
cloudy
63/41
TUE
Cloudy
38/28
AQI Moderate
i Ice
BOSTON
MON
MON
WED
AQI Moderate
c Cloudy
Partly
sunny
52/39
Partly
sunny
59/41
Some
sun
49/27
WED
ORLANDO
Mostly
cloudy
46/39
Partly
sunny
52/38
Cooler
44/30
AQI Moderate
dr Drizzle
TODAY
50/40c
45/39c
52/31s
68/49c
48/39c
71/65f
47/38c
79/59pc
53/34pc
33/25sn
63/39pc
56/36c
17/10sn
48/19s
38/25sn
84/64f
63/45pc
48/38c
63/35s
41/36c
37/32c
61/41pc
64/43c
49/38c
AQI Good
AQI Good
h Haze
TUE
55/33f
51/32f
50/29s
75/59f
54/32f
76/52sh
52/30f
78/60f
51/27s
26/6c
66/49h
59/35s
21/18sn
51/21s
33/15pc
83/63pc
62/48f
51/29f
65/40s
42/21f
40/13s
66/49h
70/57r
56/38c
Fog
82/60
MON
TUE
Fog
84/61
TUE
WED
Sun,
warm
83/65
WED
AQI Good
pc Partly cloudy
PHOENIX
Mostly
cloudy
47/40
Partly
sunny
55/41
Hartford, Conn.
Indianapolis
Islip, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Kansas City
Key West, Fla.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Laredo, Texas
Lexington, Ky.
Lincoln, Neb.
Little Rock, Ark.
Long Beach, Calif.
Louisville, Ky.
Lubbock, Texas
Madison, Wis.
Manchester, N.H.
Memphis, Tenn.
Milwaukee
Mobile, Ala.
Modesto, Calif.
Montgomery, Ala.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
sh Showers
TODAY
37/30c
49/40c
47/36c
67/58r
80/62c
58/41pc
56/39s
81/72s
57/41c
66/60c
52/41c
56/33s
62/46c
73/46s
54/43c
58/34pc
41/32c
31/27sf
61/48c
44/35c
73/62r
63/36s
63/54r
66/52pc
MON
TUE
WED
Colder
36/24
WED
AQI Moderate
SALT LAKE CITY
MON
TUE
Sunny
68/45
TUE
AQI Moderate
HONOLULU
MON
Fog
46/27
Sunny
68/45
Sunny
70/45
Cloudy,
damp
42/36
TUE
MON
WED
Cooler
46/30
AQI Moderate
s Sunny
Mostly
sunny
55/34
Partly
sunny
63/28
AQI Moderate
PHILADELPHIA
MON
DETROIT
Warmer
56/31
WED
Partly
sunny
40/29
Partly
sunny
48/36
Rain,
snow
47/28
Shower
82/68
Mostly
cloudy
79/67
Mostly
cloudy
79/65
AQI Good
HOUSTON
LOS ANGELES
Rain
67/62
MON
Partly
sunny
59/40
MON
Sunny
72/49
TUE
Rain
76/54
TUE
Sunny
62/40
TUE
Sunny
69/47
WED
Partly
sunny
73/51
WED
Windy
67/41
WED
Partly
sunny
62/45
AQI Good
SAN DIEGO
LAS VEGAS
MON
AQI Moderate
SAN FRANCISCO
MON
Sunny
70/49
MON
TUE
Sunny
67/48
TUE
WED
Partly
sunny
65/47
WED
Plenty of
sun
61/44
Mostly
sunny
58/48
Some
sun
55/42
SEATTLE
AQI Moderate
WASHINGTON
MON
Rain
48/41
MON
TUE
Rain
48/36
TUE
WED
Partly
sunny
44/29
WED
AQI Moderate
AQI Moderate
AQI Moderate
AQI Good
TODAY
56/46pc
58/43c
47/36c
43/35c
59/44pc
61/39s
61/42pc
53/30s
73/47s
74/64r
52/26c
45/41c
26/22sf
50/45r
39/32sn
63/41pc
57/24pc
49/29s
61/42pc
41/37sh
62/35s
64/60c
67/43s
49/19s
Sarasota, Fla.
Savannah, Ga.
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Shreveport, La.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
South Bend, Ind.
Spokane, Wash.
Springfield, Mo.
Springfield, Ill.
St. Louis
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Syracuse, N.Y.
Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
Toledo, Ohio
Topeka, Kan.
Tucson, Ariz.
Tupelo, Miss.
Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Wichita, Kan.
Wilmington, Del.
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Worcester, Mass.
TODAY
80/61f
71/59c
66/43s
63/55c
48/30pc
44/37c
40/36c
59/43pc
56/40pc
56/44pc
80/62f
38/35i
78/60r
82/65f
43/37c
59/35s
61/40s
61/48f
62/46pc
58/42pc
60/36s
48/37pc
61/41pc
33/29sf
WORLD CITIES
Partly
sunny
56/43
Partly
sunny
61/43
Cooler
52/34
AQI Moderate
t Thunderstorms
TUE
46/30c
55/32f
50/35pc
75/61r
80/60f
61/37f
57/33s
80/71s
60/50r
73/49r
59/39f
53/28s
62/51r
69/47s
60/41f
62/28s
44/21s
45/33c
64/53r
46/26pc
77/66f
65/45s
73/62r
68/56h
Nags Head, N.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Newark, N.J.
New Haven, Conn.
Norfolk, Va.
Oakland, Calif.
Oklahoma City
Omaha, Neb.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Pensacola, Fla.
Pierre, S.D.
Pittsburgh
Portland, Maine
Portland, Ore.
Providence, R.I.
Raleigh, N.C.
Rapid City, S.D.
Reno, Nev.
Richmond, Va.
Rochester, N.Y.
Sacramento, Calif.
San Antonio
San Jose, Calif.
Santa Fe, N.M.
TUE
58/49h
61/49r
53/37pc
49/36pc
62/47pc
58/46s
61/40sh
51/26s
73/50s
76/64f
42/25s
52/31f
40/30c
50/38r
47/33c
66/48h
44/22s
55/39pc
63/46pc
46/29r
62/44pc
70/49r
66/47s
48/20s
TUE
80/61s
75/59f
65/42s
71/54r
43/23s
47/27f
41/29r
60/44f
58/31f
60/38f
81/63f
45/31r
79/60f
83/65f
49/27f
59/34s
65/40s
66/57r
61/45s
62/47pc
59/35s
55/40pc
66/48h
42/28c
Beijing
Buenos Aires
Cancun, Mexico
Dubai, UAE
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
London
Mexico City
Montreal
Moscow
Mumbai, India
Paris
Rio de Janeiro
Rome
Seoul
Singapore
Sydney
Toronto
Tokyo
TODAY
43/18s
71/59s
83/75pc
74/63s
37/33sh
63/51s
51/46r
67/54pc
87/63s
45/32pc
73/45pc
17/15sn
31/29sn
91/72pc
45/35pc
92/72pc
51/30s
40/18c
86/77c
82/73pc
39/32i
49/37pc
TUE
40/26s
71/61c
83/73pc
75/64s
40/36pc
64/54s
51/42pc
69/54c
82/60pc
46/44pc
74/47pc
38/25sn
35/31sn
90/72pc
42/37pc
88/74pc
49/31pc
28/14s
85/76pc
94/79pc
43/28r
56/38s
NEWS
USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 ❚ 5A
OPINION
TODAY'S DEBATE: HEALTH CARE
Our view: When hospital chains
merge, you pay the bill
Health insurers are not the most beloved companies. 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.
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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-
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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:
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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
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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
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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
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❚ 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-
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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.
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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-
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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.
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Marriott is pouring on the luxury
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nearly 40 properties in ’18
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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 chris@elliott.org 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 travel@usatoday.com.
John Cox is a retired airline captain
with US Airways and runs his own
aviation safety consulting company,
Safety Operating Systems.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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0 .571
0 .429
0 .357
PF
395
264
252
285
PA
274
306
342
342
W L T Pct
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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
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11
8
6
5
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6
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Baltimore
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0 .357
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207
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302
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Kansas City
L.A. Chargers
Oakland
Denver
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W
y-Philadelphia 12
Dallas
7
Washington
6
N.Y. Giants
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2
6
8
12
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0 .538
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0 .143
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438
316
305
228
PA
279
294
359
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0 .308
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264
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282
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y-Minnesota
Detroit
Green Bay
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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LIFELINE
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If you start using long
pauses between the answers, you’re probably going to
get the face.”
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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.
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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
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‘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-
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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
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Eminem is out with his ninth album.
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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.
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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.'
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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5
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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
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“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
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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.
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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 armstronginfo@donlinrecano.com. You also may contact
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ling story, spent a full school year (201516) in Room 142 at South High School in
Denver, chronicling the progress of the
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The kids were from Mozambique,
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English, and most had no one else in the
classroom who could speak their native
language. All of them traveled an hour or
more on public transportation to get to
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gruesome past trauma, and all were living on the brink of abject poverty. And
yet they progressed — some with
considerable difficulty, some at breakneck speed — and their “shut-door
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It’s usually the infants and children
who receive the attention and empathy
when refugee families make it to our
country.
But what of the teens, those nearadults who will have to help support
their families but know no English; have
lived their entire lives in another culture
with traditions, friends and family they
left behind; and must navigate the
jagged shoals of adolescence with
strangers who speak, act and dress
differently than they do?
They’re facing better futures than in
the war-torn or drought-ravaged countries they left. But can they establish
stable footing, acclimate, learn and find
some joy in a new land?
These and hundreds of other ques-
Author Helen
Thorpe
tions are answered — as least as they relate to 21 teens who arrived in this country a little over two years ago — in The
Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom (Scribner, 397 pp., eeeg).
Author Helen Thorpe, a seasoned
journalist who knows exactly how to
find a timely topic and write a compel-
expressions” began to soften.
We’re given a strong sense of the personalities and idiosyncracies of all the
students in Room 142, though we learn
about the lives before America, exodus
journeys and out-of-school lives of only
a few of them. It is testament to the
strength of Thorpe’s skill (evident in her
previous books, Just Like Us and Soldier
Girls) that we become so attached we
long to know more.
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things none of us can imagine, and even
after reading The Newcomers, we’ll
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by forcing them to talk much about
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FILM
Tune in: The Real Housewives of
Beverly Hills returns for an eighth
season on Bravo Tuesday at 9 ET/PT.
Celebrate: The Graduate, starring Dustin
Hoffman, Ann Bancroft
and Katherine Ross,
premiered 50 years ago
Friday. 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.
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Dunkirk is out Tuesday. USA TODAY’s
Brian Truitt gives eeeg to the
“intense and excellently crafted
thriller.”
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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.
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Gunpowder
HBO, 10 ET/PT
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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.
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Family Feud
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World’s Weirdest Strange sea animals.
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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.
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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
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SportsCenter
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The Timeline The Tuck Rule
Endgame
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