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SOURCE National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Mike Smith; Janet Loehrke/USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE 6B John Bacon and Greg Toppo USA TODAY In what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas’ history, a black-clad gunman opened fire during a Sunday morning service at a rural church outside San Antonio, leaving at least 26 dead, including children. He was found fatally shot a short time later in a neighboring Texas county after being pursued by a good Samaritan with a gun, officials said. The gunman was identified as Devin Kelley, 26, of nearby Comal County, Texas, two law enforcement officials said Sunday. The officials, who were not authorized to comment publicly, said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the gunman took his own life or was fatally shot by law enforcement officials. Kelley was previously in the Air Force and served in logistics at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge, according to Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman. “There are no words to describe the pure evil that we witnessed in Suther- In nearly 17 months, 3 mass shootings Sunday’s devastation at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, comes a little over a month after the country's worst mass shooting, which took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. See SHOOTING, Page 2A Protesters’ battle in court only beginning PRESIDENT TRUMP ONE YEAR LATER Inauguration Day violence brought serious charges, and trials start this month Trump voters say tweets are trouble Sean Rossman Susan Page and Josh Hafner USA TODAY USA TODAY On Inauguration Day in Washington, anarchists and activists tore through the streets for 16 blocks, tossing bricks at police officers, setting trash cans and a limousine on fire and smashing windows, all in opposition to the new commander in chief. Six officers had to be hospitalized and more than $100,000 in damage was done, resulting in 234 people arrested or charged with a crime — among them an oncologist nurse, a UPS driver and a full-time nanny. But 10 months later, the arrests are no longer side notes. A federal grand jury indicted more than 200 people with multiple felonies each. Nearly 200 still face six felony charges — inciting a riot plus five counts of destruction of property — together carrying decades in prison. The protesters orig- inally also faced felony charges of engaging in and conspiracy to riot, but those charges were dropped to misdemeanors on Wednesday. The first trials are scheduled to begin this month. The indictment alleges all the defendants played a part in encouraging This isn’t quite what they expected. Voters who helped put candidate Donald Trump in the White House did so because he promised to shake up a political system they didn’t think was working for them. Now, almost exactly one year after his election, they worry his disruptive persona and provocative rhetoric may be undermining his ability to make the government work for them. They share no broad consensus about what his biggest achievement has been to date — he has yet to sign a major piece of legislation — and in what could create complications for the administration, they don’t agree what his top priority should be now. See TRIALS, Page 4A See TRUMP VOTERS, Page 2A TRAVEL 4B MARKETPLACE TODAY 5D Parked cars burn on K Street, the capital’s power corridor, after President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. SEAN DOUGHERTY/USA TODAY PUZZLES 5D TONIGHT ON TV 6D WEATHER 4A YOUR SAY 5A 2A ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY NEWS E4 I am an American We are One Nation TIRELESSLY WORKING TO HOUSE THE HOMELESS Lisa Lee has empathy for society’s most vulnerable individuals Mike Higdon Reno Gazette Journal USA TODAY Network Each week, this series will introduce you to an exceptional American who unites, rather than divides, our communities. To read more about the American profiled here and more average Americans doing exceptional things, visit onenation.usatoday.com. What does it mean to you to be an American? To be an American means freedom from persecution. It means to celebrate diversity, to respect the liberties of our fellow citizens and to fight for those liberties. For me, America is the “Mother of Exiles” as exemplified by the Statue of Liberty and the famous words of Emma Lazarus, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” That, to me, is what it means to be American. What moment touched and motivated you to launch this effort? As a child, I had several experiences with houseless individuals that left an impact. Years later, at the age of 18, I experienced homelessness for almost a decade. After years of reinventing myself — housed and sober — I pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology. All of these experiences have driven my passion to draw attention to income inequality, the fallacy of meritocracy, mental illness, substance abuse, the trauma-informed approach and the belief in empowering others to use their own voices to become advocates for themselves and their communities. MIKE HIGDON/USA TODAY NETWORK Lisa Lee Location: Reno Age: 41 Profession: Psychiatric case manager at Alta Vista Mental Health. Founder of a writing group for people experiencing homelessness. Mission: To end the stigma around mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness and fight for services and justice for our most vulnerable. What gives you hope or what concerns you? The current political climate, globally, nationally and locally concern me. It feels as if the pendulum has shifted the world out of balance. Inequality is blatant; racial, economic, gender and ability inequality. We stand at the crossroads. I do have hope for the future. The youth fuel my hope for a chance at a sustainable and egalitarian world. What do you hope to accomplish through your efforts? The eradication of stigma and homelessness. I would love to put myself out of a job, make mead and live off the land. For now, I’ll keep plugging away at fighting for social justice, equality, inclusion and the right of everyone in America to have their basic needs met. Nominate an American Who are your American heroes? Share stories and nominees at onenation.usatoday.com or via email to email@example.com or post a video submission to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (no longer than 2 minutes, please) with the hashtags #IAmAnAmerican #WeAreOneNation. Trump voters Continued from Page 1A What most do agree on, however, is what’s gone wrong: all those tweets. “I do like the way he’s shaken things up in numerous ways, but I definitely would like him to be more presidential,” says Margie Chandler, a business manager from Old Monroe, Mo. “He doesn’t know when to stop talking.” “Some of his tweets are, like, what the hell does this have to do with running the country?” says Francis Smazal, a registered nurse from Marshfield, Wis. Chandler and Smazal are members of the USA TODAY Trump Voter Panel, a sort of free-floating focus group of 25 Trump voters from across the country who have been weighing in every other month or so. Drawn from respondents to the final USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of 2016, their conversation in 2017 by email and phone takes the political temperature among core voters who contributed to last year’s upset victory. From our Trump voter panel As the one-year anniversary of his election approaches Wednesday, Trump still scores a perfect approval rating among these voters, but with some caveats. Not one person in the group says he or she would change their vote in 2016. They tend to dismiss the escalating investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, and the possibility that Trump associates colluded with Moscow, as just politics. But they also express less confidence than before about whether Trump can deliver and more concern about his behavior. In the first months of Trump’s presidency, as many as 13 of these voters predicted history would judge Trump to be a “great” president. That number now has dropped to seven. “He isn’t drowning, but he isn’t on land, either,” says Duane Gray, a truck driver from Boise. “Presidentially, I kind President Trump’s tweets worry USA TODAY’s panel. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES of like where he’s going. Personally, he needs to put that phone down and learn to shut his mouth when he needs to. His mouth is his own worst enemy.” ‘A dog-and-pony show’ Gray is one of a few on the panel who believe that the Russia investigations hold peril for the president. “If these Russian contacts or whatever come through as collusion, then his ass is grass,” he says. He predicts there could be new and damaging revelations in the wake of the first criminal indictments announced last week by special counsel Robert Mueller, “when people start facing prison time.” The more common assessment among this group, though, is that the Russia investigations are nothing more than what Monty Chandler, a disabled veteran from Church Point, La., dismisses as “a dog-and-pony show.” “It’s dirty politics,” says Patricia Shomion of Mount Gilead, Ohio. “I find it interesting that these things should be Law enforcement officials work near the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. SOOBUM IM/ USA TODAY SPORTS Shooting Continued from Page 1A land Springs today,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Speaking to reporters late Sunday, Abbott said officials were cautiously releasing information on the shooting, including the names of victims, who ranged in age from 5 to 72. Officials said 23 of the victims were shot inside the church. Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooter, who wore a ballistic vest, was spotted at about 11:20 a.m. at a gas station across from the church. Witnesses said he drove across the street, got out of his vehicle “and began firing at the church” with a Ruger assault-type rifle. He moved to the other side and continued firing, then entered the church, Martin said, where he continued to fire. As the suspect left the church, Martin said, a bystander retrieved a rifle and began firing at the shooter, who dropped his Ruger and drove away. “Our local citizen pursued the suspect at that time,” Martin said. As law enforcement responded, the suspect ran off a roadway at the Wilson County/Guadalupe County line, Martin said. Officials found the suspect dead in his car, he said, but they were not immediately certain if the fatal wound came from a self-inflicted gunshot or from the person pursuing him. prosecutable, but all the stuff that Hillary (Clinton) has done was just, they’re forgiven.” A development they do appreciate: Nearly all agree that the nation’s economy is doing better, although only half say that upturn has been reflected in their family’s finances. But they are almost evenly split over if the country’s security has improved or stayed the same, and the terror attack in New York City last week that killed eight people rattled some. “We’re more secure,” Shomion declares. “We have a new commander.” But Jason Felts, a paramedic from Galax, Va., is alarmed by Trump’s verbal confrontations with North Korea’s unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Un. “He should be a little more diplomatic.” “Even if he takes the right actions,” Anne-Marie Smith, a computer analyst from Monsey, N.Y., says of Trump, “his maturity level could put us in a confrontation with North Korea.” A striking two-thirds of his supporters express at least some concern about the president’s tendency to punch and counterpunch, especially on Twitter. In response to an open-ended question to name the “worst thing” Trump has done, more than half cite aspects of his personal behavior. “He creates too many distractions, which weakens any momentum in policy and legislation,” says Ken Cornacchione, a financial consultant from Venice, Fla. In contrast, Michael Colombo, who works in sales in Old Bridge, N.J., likes Trump’s style. “Sometimes he shoots from the hip; sometimes he talks before he thinks it all the way out,” he says. “But you know what? That’s the trait of an honest man.” Credit and blame Answers were scattered in response to an open-ended question about the “best thing” the president has done. Appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, says Colombo. “Calling “We are pulling together as a community. We are holding up as best we can.” Paul Buford, pastor of nearby River Oaks Church Frank Pomeroy, who is pastor of the church, told ABC News he was out of town when the rampage took place, but that his 14-year-old daughter was killed. Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child,” Pomeroy said. Paul Buford, pastor of nearby River Oaks Church, said his service was underway when first responders in his congregation were called to the scene. He said some members of the community had “confirmed information” about family members and friends. Buford declined to provide any details. “We are pulling together as a community,” Buford said. “We are holding up as best we can.” President Trump, addressing the shooting before speaking to U.S. and Japanese business leaders at a meeting in Tokyo, said the federal government will give “full support” to Texas as it deals with the aftermath of the “horrific shooting” at the church. While these are “dark times,” Trump said, Americans will do “what we do best: We pull together.” The government’s support will include survivors as well, he said. “We will never, ever leave their side,” Trump said. “Ever.” Contributing: Kevin Johnson, David Jackson and John Moritz out” other countries in the United Nations, says Cheyne Henry, a business manager from Red Lion, Pa. Supporting the military, says Keely Vazquez, a small-business owner from St. Paul. Easing environmental regulations, says John Karr, a retiree from Federal Way, Wash. As a group, these core supporters are more likely to blame the administration’s legislative setbacks on forces other than the president, among them opposition Democrats, maverick Republicans, and a news media they call unfair. That gridlock has caused Shomion’s high hopes for action to fade. “They haven’t done anything yet, and now they’re infighting, so I don’t see it going better,” she says. 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Pelosi said she believes Congress is at a “tipping point” on the issues on which Congress needs to do more. USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 3A In Japan, Trump targets N. Korea President seeks pressure from Putin, Asian leaders David Jackson Ryan: Repealing health insurance mandate part of GOP tax talks House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Republicans are discussing whether their tax plan should include a repeal of the Obama health law’s requirement that people have insurance coverage or face a penalty. Ryan told Fox News Sunday that “a lot of members are suggesting” that the tax plan repeal the mandate. Reports: Queen Elizabeth has investments in offshore havens Newly leaked papers reveal that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has invested some of her private money in offshore tax havens. According to documents obtained by the International Consortium of Journalists, the queen’s investment managers placed roughly $13 million in offshore portfolios in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. There is no suggestion the investments are illegal. Militants storm Yemeni security compound, kill at least 17 Masked militants set off a car bomb outside a security headquarters in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden early Sunday, killing at least 17 people before storming the compound and sparking combat that continued well into the night, officials said. Security officials said the militants placed snipers on the roof and killed most of the security forces inside. Staff and wire reports USA TODAY President Trump spent his first day in Asia Sunday by golfing with the Japanese prime minister, disclosing he would soon meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and warning nuclear-armed North Korea against challenging the United States. “No one — no dictator, no regime, and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve,” Trump told military service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan, the first stop in a week-long journey that will take him to South Korea and China for talks on what to do about North Korea. The president is also scheduled to attend Asian economic summits in Vietnam and the Philippines, where his criticism of U.S. trade agreements will take center stage. Trump will try to persuade China and other nations to cut economic ties to North Korea, thereby pressuring its leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons. Those other nations include Russia, as Trump announced he would likely meet with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam. “We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Japan. A second Trump-Putin conference — they also spoke at July’s G-20 summit in Germany —- will be scrutinized beyond diplomatic policy. Special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating alleged ties between Trump’s Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a personal relationship with President Trump a top priority. On Trump’s first day in Japan, the pair played a round of golf. KIM KYUNG-HOON/AP campaign team and Russians who sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Trump left for Asia less than a week after the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. During his first day in Japan, Trump shared lunch, dinner, and a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and talked up the long-term U.S.Japan alliance. The two leaders are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday. “We’re in the midst of having very major discussions on many subjects, including North Korea and trade, and we’re doing very well,” Trump said before dinner with Abe and their wives. Abe, who has made a personal relationship with Trump a top priority, put in special plans for the president’s visit. The golf match featured a high-profile guest, professional star Hideki Matsuyama. Abe allowed journalists to see him driving a golf cart with Trump in the passenger seat. They played at Kasumigaseki Country Club, site of the golf competition when Japan hosts the 2020 Olympics. While Abe wants to get close to Trump, analysts said Japanese leaders are wary of the unpredictable Trump, especially on trade. The Japanese “don’t like the unpredictability that comes with Trump’s approach.” Author Richard McGregor The president’s decision to kill the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership undercut Japan, which would have been a key member of the Pacific Rim trading bloc. The Japanese also are watching Trump’s attempts to deal with their primary Asian rival, China. “They don’t like the unpredictability that comes with Trump’s approach,” said Richard McGregor, author of Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century. McGregor also said that, in the back of their collective mind, Japanese leaders also fear that Trump “could do deals with China behind their backs. With the Russia investigation and other domestic matters still unresolved, Trump visits Asia with political problems back home. According to a new Washington Post/ ABC News poll, only 37% of respondents approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Brazile defends depiction of the Clinton campaign Former DNC chair spars with critics of new book Heidi M. Przybyla USA TODAY WASHINGTON – Donna Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said critics of her forthcoming book critical of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign can “go to hell,” while the current DNC chair, Tom Perez, said one of the book’s most controversial claims is “without merit.” In an interview on ABC’s This Week, Brazile defended her contention that she once considered using her powers to remove Clinton from atop the 2016 presidential ticket. When Clinton fainted in New York City, Brazile said she considered replacing her and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine with Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. “I was under tremendous pressure after Secretary Clinton fainted, to quote unquote have a Plan B. I didn’t want a Plan B. Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary, and I wanted her to win.” In a separate interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Perez called “the charge that Hillary Clinton was somehow incapacitated ... quite frankly ludicrous.” She was a “tireless candidate,” and besides, Brazile did not have the power to remove Clinton, he said. The claim will make people “perhaps start wondering about other claims in the book,” he said. Even as Brazile is critical of a special fundraising agreement between the campaign and the DNC, when asked if the primaries were rigged for Clinton and against Sanders, she said, “I found no evidence, none whatsoever.” The Democratic Party tensions displayed Sunday come two days before the gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the Republican, Ed Gillespie, is narrowing the gap with the Democrat, Ralph Northam, making some party officials anxious. Yet Brazile said she is determined to speak out. “For those who are telling me to shut up ... you know what I tell them? Go to hell,” said Brazile. “This was worse than President Trump, flanked by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Vice President Pence, speaks to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on July 19. The panel’s fate seems in limbo. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES 2003 AP FILE PHOTO BY GERALD HERBERT I didn’t want a Plan B. Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary, and I wanted her to win.” Trump voter fraud commission appears to have gone dark Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY Donna Brazile Hurricane Katrina in terms of the emotional toll,” she said. “They don’t know what it was like to be over at the DNC,” she said. Brazile was responding to a letter from 94 former Clinton campaign members that says she is misrepresenting the campaign and blasted her for once considering removing Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee. In Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, Brazile alleges that before Clinton became the Democratic nominee, her campaign signed a joint agreement with the DNC and Hillary Victory Fund, in which her campaign would finance the DNC in exchange for oversight from the Clinton campaign. Usually, the nominee doesn’t take over fundraising until after the nomination has been accepted. Perez said Clinton won by 4 million more votes in primaries, which are controlled by the states, whereas Sanders did well in caucus votes, a process which the party does control. WASHINGTON – The election commission set up to investigate President Trump’s charges of voter fraud seems to have gone dark in recent weeks. The commission last met on Sept. 12 in New Hampshire, and it’s unclear — even to commission members — when or where the next meeting will be. Groups suing the commission for more information about its activities also have no clue. “There’s not a lot of information out there,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “It’s been chaotic from Day 1 and remains chaotic. I think that they don’t know what they’re doing. I think this commission was poorly structured and poorly conceived.” The Lawyers’ Committee and several other civil rights and voting rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued the commission, arguing it hasn’t been transparent and hasn’t conducted enough of its business in the open. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican commission member and president of the National Association of Secretaries of States, said there hasn’t been much commission business in recent weeks. “It’s my understanding that there are so many lawsuits against the commission that ... right now there’s nothing going on,” said Lawson, who testified last month at a House Administration Committee hearing on maintaining voter registration rolls. “It’s not the fact that anybody’s being shut out. It’s just that they wanted to get some of these lawsuits settled.” Trump set up the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to look into his allegations of voter fraud in last year’s presidential election. Trump claims the election included as many as 3 million to 5 million fraudulent voters, enough to erase Hillary Clinton’s advantage in the popular vote. Election experts dispute Trump’s claims. The office of Vice President Pence, who is commission co-chairman, said the next meeting has not been scheduled yet. The commission has held two meetings since it was created in May. Lawson said she still expects the commission will complete its report due to Trump next year. NEWS 4A ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Trials of use of force were being investigated. “There were thousands of individuals who exercised their constitutional right to peacefully assemble and speak out for their cause,” Sternbeck said in an email. “Unfortunately, there was another group of individuals who chose to engage in criminal acts, destroying property and hurling projectiles, injuring at least six officers.” Continued from Page 1A and conspiring to form a riot. Collectively, they’re accused of damaging two Starbucks, a Bank of America, a D.C. sandwich shop and a McDonald’s. Among those facing charges is Kyle Wright, who on the chilly inauguration day stood toe-to-toe with a police officer in downtown Washington as scores of protesters were being arrested. He was hurt, injured sometime during the fracas in the shadow of office buildings, amid the flurry of pepper spray and fire. The 22-year-old from Chantilly, Va., despises capitalism and views government as an oppressive hierarchy. So, when the officer warned Wright not to step forward — he did. He received a fine and community service. Months later, he was indicted and has since decided not to cooperate with investigators. “I’m the kind of person that doesn’t back down from a fight, and this is the state directly challenging me to a fight,” said Wright, who wouldn’t discuss certain aspects of the day for fear of interfering in his case. “Obviously, I don’t want to go to prison, but I’m where I need to be.” Of the 234 people arrested or charged in the protests, 20 have had their cases dismissed and another 20 have pleaded to lesser charges, often misdemeanor rioting carrying a fine and community service. That leaves 194 people, including Wright, who’ve decided to challenge the charges by agreeing to a trial, the first of which start with jury selection Nov. 15. The U.S. attorney’s office for D.C., which is prosecuting the protesters, chose not to comment on the specifics of the pending cases. “The prosecutors don’t really want to put all these people in jail because they don’t have the time or the resources to do so,” said Michael Heaney, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies social movement and protests. “The real penalty there is going through the legal process.” ‘A huge risk for a day of protesting’ Lacy MacAuley, left, led outreach efforts for the protest group disruptj20, which planned protests for Inauguration Day. COURTESY OF LACY MACAULEY which protesters dress in black and cover their faces so they can’t be identified by police. Johns Hopkins University aside. “All of this has just been incredibly infuriating and disempowering and frustrating,” said Lagesse, 30. “You get scared for a second, but then the ridiculousness of why you’re scared is so overwhelming that you get angry.” She went to protest the new president and arrived a half-hour late, beginning her march with a bandanna and safety goggles to protect her from pepper spray. In her charging document, it states she “willfully engaged, incited and urged other people to engage in a public disturbance.” The ACLU of D.C. is suing 170 members of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), its chief and the city on Lagesse’s behalf and three others. Among the many claims is that police grouped protesters in a “kettle” as the inauguration began, arresting them without differentiating between those committing crimes and those who didn’t. The kettle, as the ACLU described it, involved the police blocking off streets so they could cordon the protesters in one area. The prosecution “has asserted theories of guilt so broad that they could effectively sweep in anyone on the street that day who either was wearing certain clothes or had certain views,” said Scott Michelman, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of D.C. Prosecutors say the defendants aligned in a “Black Bloc,” a tactic in ‘You get angry’ Weeks before her arrest, Elizabeth Lagesse decided she’d put her pursuit of a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from WEATHER FRONT & CENTER Harsh, winterlike cold will continue across the north-central U.S. this week. Sending a message Except in a few instances, the indictment attributes violence broadly, often blaming specific acts of destruction on the group at large. When Zachary Callahan, 38, the UPS driver, and his wife, Sara, 30, pleaded to lesser misdemeanor rioting charges earlier this year, prosecutors didn’t mention certain types of violence either had individually committed. They did, however, provide evidence each had knowledge of the riots before they happened. “I don’t think this is a very common situation,” said Heaney, who was at the protests doing research. He said the charges are more severe than is typical, but not as harsh as they could have been. Protesters often are charged with misdemeanors, things like failure to disperse or blocking traffic. But it’s possible the protesters could have faced federal or even terrorism charges. At the time of the arrests, MPD Chief Peter Newsham attributed the protests to a core group that numbered up to 500 people. The MPD chose not to answer USA TODAY’s specific questions about the protests, citing the pending litigation, but did offer a statement. 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Billings 37 Eureka Snow 63 Marquette Duluth 27 23 21 44 Bend Rain Bangor Bismarck Miles City Helena Boise J E T S TRE A M T-storms Spokane 32 Portland Salem FRIGID COLD Some of the fierce government critics who stormed the streets have found themselves apologizing, begging for leniency and hesitant to demonstrate in the future. Among the more violent protesters was Dane Powell, 32, an army veteran and father of three from Largo, Fla. He’s the first and only protester so far to receive prison time for his actions on Inauguration Day. He pleaded guilty to felony rioting and assault on a police officer. At his sentencing in July, where he received a four-month prison term, he appeared apologetic, far different than his enthusiasm on Jan. 20. Dressed head to toe in black, Powell broke windows near the Starbucks and Bank of America with a black flag, shattered the window of the McDonald’s with a hammer and hurled bricks and chunks of concrete at police officers. In Florida, where he lives, convicted felons lose their right to vote. “I am standing before you today as the first from this political case with a felony conviction that will forever impact my life and the lives of my children,” Powell said at his sentencing hearing. “I would also like to apologize to anyone that was hurt, scared, felt threatened by or affected by me in any other way that day.” Despite the charges and video evidence of the destruction, Lagesse and Wright take offense to using the word “violent” to describe the protests. Wright insists it was the only way to be heard. “You won’t hear about something unless there’s some sort of destruction,” he said. “You wouldn’t have heard about Ferguson. … They didn’t cover the peaceful protest until it turned violent.” Lagesse said she has sat out protests since, saying the arrest and prosecution serves as a psychological barrier. 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TUE 66/59r 64/47r 54/41c 53/38c 65/54r 63/46s 53/34c 42/23c 83/57pc 82/66s 34/17pc 50/34c 48/31pc 49/38c 54/35pc 65/47r 36/16pc 56/32s 57/43r 45/29pc 63/43s 86/56pc 67/45s 59/35c TUE 83/65s 85/63pc 80/56pc 78/57c 34/21pc 45/29c 34/23pc 48/36c 51/30c 51/35c 84/68s 45/26pc 85/62pc 85/67s 49/28c 46/26pc 79/55pc 73/51t 53/36c 64/55r 46/31c 55/40c 62/46r 47/33pc 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 62/43s 78/60pc 84/70pc 93/76s 47/33pc 77/72c 61/50pc 66/52pc 88/60s 51/41s 80/49pc 56/27r 40/33pc 95/77h 51/30s 76/68t 62/46t 59/48c 86/75c 78/57r 47/32pc 68/56s TUE 67/35s 74/63c 84/70pc 93/76s 49/40r 79/72c 62/51s 68/54s 89/56s 53/37r 80/48s 42/31pc 42/26c 95/77h 49/37pc 76/67r 59/46t 64/50pc 86/76c 68/59s 45/30pc 68/58pc NEWS USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 5A OPINION TODAY'S DEBATE: ABUSIVE LABOR PRACTICES Our view: Protect West Coast port truckers from exploitation The business of harbor trucking, where cargo is hauled short distances from docks to nearby warehouses and rail depots, is unfamiliar to most Americans. But a series of investigative reports by the USA TODAY Network could go a long way in opening eyes. At the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which account for an astounding 37% of container traffic into the United States, all is not well. Earlier installments in the series showed that truck drivers at these ports are routinely trapped into abusive contracts and lease-to-own agreements. Forced into debt, they are worked past exhaustion and left with little or nothing to show for their labor. They have scant recourse and virtually no leverage to improve their plight. Even when drivers win judgments before state labor agencies, they rarely collect back wages, according to the latest installment, published last month. Of $37 million in back wages awarded by state labor authorities in California from 2012 to last year, as little as $3 million was actually paid. To avoid paying these back wages, the trucking companies employed a variety of schemes that typically involved shutting down, then reopening under a different name. One company, Fargo Trucking, was ordered to pay drivers a record $8.7 million in back pay but never did. It simply morphed into a new company called Express FTC. CEO Philip Ting, meanwhile, has taken to documenting his jet-setting lifestyle, involving pricey watches and champagne, on social media. Apologists for the trucking companies point to a decline in business as shippers increasingly favor East Coast ports, and to a California air pollution law that mandates cleaner — meaning newer and more expensive — trucks. Near the Port of Long Beach. OMAR ORNELAS, THE DESERT SUN It’s also the case that some aspects of the shipping business suffer from the opposite problem: powerful longshoremen unions that jack up workers’ wages, and consumers’ costs, with their ability to slow traffic at the docks. While this could provide some context for the ruthless behavior of trucking companies toward their drivers, it in no way provides justification. A couple of useful legislative remedies have been proposed in Congress. One would end the abusive contractual practices and put harbor truck drivers under fair labor laws. A second, involving a lighter touch from Washington, would end federal pre-emptions that prevent cities from taking their own actions to protect workers. Some advocates for short-haul truckers say that making retailers liable for the abuses would quickly improve the situation. Laws alone, however, won’t fix this problem, as some of the trucking companies have shown themselves to be masters of evasion. To get their attention, consumers and the customers of these trucking companies need to continue registering their outrage about these intolerable labor practices. Only that kind of sustained pressure will get these companies to clean up their act. Opposing view: Tools already exist to deal with bad actors Tyler Rushforth It is impossible to overstate the important role that America’s truck drivers play in our economy — doubly so at our ports where thousands of drivers work to ensure the smooth flow of goods into and out of our country. Many of those drivers are entrepreneurs in an industry providing upward mobility and a middle-class lifestyle to millions of hardworking Americans. The trucking industry is made up of roughly 525,000 motor carriers, with some 3.5 million drivers. The vast majority of both follow the many rules in place to keep the public safe and protect drivers — rules that should be enforced against carriers that flout them. For example, if drivers and carriers are found to be operating in excess of the hours-of-service rules, then they should be found in violation and be taken out of service by law enforcement as per current rules, a task that will get easier this December once truck drivers are required to record their hours electronically. We at American Trucking Associations not only welcome such enforcement activities, we enthusiastically support them. Trucking is a large and diverse industry which, to be sure, has some bad actors. But the tools to deal with them already exist, making these proposals redundant and burdensome, without addressing the problems they purport to solve. Many thousands of drivers make the choice to be independent contractors, to try and grasp the American Dream by starting a company. Some of trucking’s biggest names began as one-truck operations. However, it is not the right choice for everyone. Right now, the trucking industry is short many thousands of drivers. Competition for good drivers with clean safety records is fierce. If drivers feel they are being exploited by a bad actor, there are thousands of fleets looking to fill openings. If Congress wants to address issues at our ports, it should focus on congestion, efficiency and safety — making it easier for these drivers to do their jobs rather than layering further regulations on the industry. Tyler Rushforth is executive director of the American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference. STEVE SACK, STAR TRIBUNE, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM A president is winning. China’s. Brian Klaas BANGKOK – “We’re going to win so much,” Donald Trump said last year, “you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning.” And “you’ll say, ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore.’ ” He was right. We just didn’t know that “Mr. President” would be President Xi Jinping of China. As Trump makes his diplomatic tour of Asia, the West faces a simple and unfortunate reality. Four powers in the world are strong enough to meaningfully shape global affairs: the United States, the United Kingdom/European Union, Russia and China. Europe and Britain are turning inward, battling the self-inflicted wound of Brexit and trying to minimize the damage from illiberal populism in Hungary and Poland. America under Trump has taken a transactional, short-term view of diplomacy that willfully cedes U.S. influence and leverage — except on a narrow band of issues dear to Trump. These trends mean the West is smashing its geopolitical might on the anvil of its own foolishness. The authoritarian regimes in China and Russia are gleefully picking up the pieces. Here in Bangkok, it’s striking how everyone I talk to — from generals in the country’s ruling military junta to liberal-minded political party leaders — says the same thing off the record: China is the new power. Trump’s America is waning. And we can extract what we need from him using flattery, without giving up anything meaningful. China moves in A former Thai foreign minister told me Trump sees Thailand exclusively through the lens of helping to pressure North Korea. So Trump’s message to the military junta was simple: Help us isolate North Korea. The problem? Thailand already was happy to do so. Even though Thailand’s military regime has recently arrested journalists and forced an elected head of state into exile, Trump gave the regime international legitimacy and a full visit to the White House last month. That is worth a huge amount to Thailand’s generals. It was a major bargaining chip. Trump threw it away in exchange for Thailand agreeing to buy an infinitesimal 155,000 tons of U.S. coal — 0.02% of production. Quite the Art of the Deal. Thailand is drastically ramping up military purchasing and infrastructure deals with China. Bangkok is eyeing more long-term trade engagement with Beijing, particularly since Trump decided to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. In the past, Bangkok might have worried more that these moves would alienate Washington. After all, Thailand is America’s oldest ally in the region. But under Trump, Beijing is accelerating a long-term shift as it peels Bangkok away from the orbit of Washington. Unthinkable ignorance Thailand is only a mid-level player, but it’s a microcosm of a broader longterm trend across Southeast Asia. And with Trump, can we really be surprised? Xi is seasoned, capable, calculating. Trump is inexperienced, incompetent, impulsive. Xi thinks 10 years into the future; Trump thinks 10 seconds ahead. This part of the world is being exposed this week to Trump’s unthinkable ignorance of its politics. According to a Japan Times report on the North Korea threat, Trump “could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles.” Aside from being ignorant of Japan’s overtly pacifist political culture, the samurai warrior line is cringe-worthy. Perhaps Trump could also inquire about geishas using their fans to blow away the missiles, or whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could find the right Pokéball to contain Kim Jong Un? Xi doesn’t make such idiotic comments. And there are clear signs that Xi, like Thailand’s government, has figured out that China can keep chipping away at U.S. diplomatic power so long as he indulges Trump’s ego. I fear that historians are going to use this week’s Asia trip to explain how America lost Asian allies on the geopolitical chess board, and how China turned them into pawns. Brian Klaas, a fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is author of The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy, coming Nov. 14. YOUR SAY Elected officials should follow Flake’s lead Republicans are selling out constituents LETTERS LETTERS@USATODAY.COM Honesty is the most important aspect of an effective government. With everything that’s happening right now within the government, everyone in power should look to the speech of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to bring morality back to politics. Everything that’s happening in relation to the Russian allegations make us all wonder if we can truly trust what the people in charge are saying to us. There will probably never be a time where politics is grounded on morality, but I do not think that it is too much to ask to be transparent. Agreeing with what the officials are saying is not important; what is important is that we can trust them. 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Neuharth, Founder, Sept. 15, 1982 Gannett Company President & Chief Executive Officer ROBERT DICKEY Gannett Chief Content Officer & USA TODAY Editor in Chief JOANNE LIPMAN USA TODAY President & Publisher JOHN ZIDICH Executive Editor: Patty Michalski Managing Editor: Donna Leinwand Leger Editor, Editorial Page: Bill Sternberg Chief Revenue Officer: Kevin Gentzel 6A ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY NEWS USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ SECTION B IN MONEY Why inflation is so misunderstood Ken Fisher column. 2B IN TRAVEL How to snag the best holiday airfare Sometimes it pays to wait until the last minute. 4B STATES Around the nation GETTY IMAGES Preschoolers help out with marriage proposal. 6B Facebook’s lack of diversity blamed for fake accounts Social network has major blind spot, lawmaker says Jessica Guynn USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO — In a heated moment during last week’s Capitol Hill hearings, Rep. Terri Sewell questioned whether the paucity of African Americans in Facebook’s workforce — and more specifically on the teams of reviewers who vet content and advertising — contributed to the company’s failure to catch Russian operatives using fake accounts to stoke racial tensions ahead of last year’s presidential election. Displayed behind Sewell, a Democrat from Alabama and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of the Russian-backed ads showing a famous black-and-white photograph of the Black Panthers from 1968 with the caption: “Never forget that the Black Panthers, group formed to protect black people from the KKK, was dismantled by us govt but the KKK exists today.” The Facebook ad was intended to exploit racial divisions and get AfricanAmerican users to follow a fake Russian account called Blacktivist. It was shared on Facebook at least 29,000 times. “Who are your vetters, and are they a diverse group of people?” Sewell confronted Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch. “Like every aspect of our workforce, we are committed to building a workforce that is as diverse as the community we serve,” Stretch replied. “You’re saying I should trust that your vetters, who will be vetting this kind of information, are going to be a diverse workforce?” Sewell asked. “What you should be confident of is that we understand the importance of diversity,” Stretch said. From Washington to Silicon Valley, that confidence is sorely lacking. Despite repeated pledges to close the racial gap in its U.S. workforce, a tiny fraction — 3% — of Facebook is African-American. In all, Facebook employs 259 black people, according to the company’s most recent government filing. That’s out of 11,241 people. The Russian infiltration of Facebook is just the most recent example of how that lack of diversity creates major blind spots for the giant social network that’s staffed mostly by white and Asian men, says University of Southern California FRIDAY MARKETS INDEX CLOSE Dow Jones industrials Dow for the week Nasdaq composite S&P 500 T-bond, 30-year yield T-note, 10-year yield Gold, oz. Comex Oil, light sweet crude Euro (dollars per euro) Yen per dollar 23,539.19 0.4% 6764.44 2587.84 2.81% 2.33% $1266.50 $55.64 $1.1608 114.16 CHG x x x x y y y x y x 22.93 105.00 49.49 7.99 0.02 0.02 11.60 1.10 0.0051 0.16 Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., left, questions Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch on the role that the company's lack of diversity played in the spread of racist messages by fake Russian accounts. MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP Facebook employs 259 black people, according to the company’s most recent government filing. That’s out of 11,241 people. professor Safiya Umoja Noble, author of the upcoming book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. The reality: With people screening content on Facebook spread around the globe, many of them working as lowly paid contractors, it’s possible that few, if any, are African American and therefore are far less familiar with and invested in racially coded messages about the Black Lives Matter movement and civil rights issues in the U.S., Noble says. “We have to ask how it is that con- Stretch told Sewell: "Like every aspect of our workforce, we are committed to building a workforce that is as diverse as the community we serve." JACQUELYN MARTIN/AP gressional members have enough knowledge to recognize the problematic nature of the kind of hateful and divisive advertising that is allowed to proliferate on these platforms, but that some of the best engineers in Silicon Valley, 4 states try to halt $3.9 billion Sinclair TV mega-merger and their CEOs, can’t acknowledge the significance of it,” she said. Sewell’s face-off with Facebook during Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill follows weeks of criticism from the Congressional Black Caucus over Facebook’s handling of fake Russian pages and ads. The pages and the ads they placed, rigged to look like the work of American activists, spread incendiary messages during and after the presidential campaign. Facebook repeatedly denied the Russians exploited its platform until September. Last week, the company admitted that 146 million Americans may have been reached on Facebook and Instagram. The black community had raised suspicions about those posing as activists on Facebook and Twitter. When the Russian-backed “BlacktiSee DIVERSITY, Page 2B Alluring Kashmir Mike Snider USA TODAY SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM USA SNAPSHOTS© 55% of working mothers come back to the same or similar jobs with the same demands and time commitments as before their children were born. SOURCE Accenture survey of 2,285 working mothers Jae Yang; Alex Gonzalez/USA TODAY A nearly $4 billion deal to create a nationwide TV powerhouse is attracting a growing group of critics. Hunt Valley, Md.-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest U.S. broadcaster with 191 stations, is seeking regulatory approval for the $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. and its 42 stations. But state attorneys general in four states — Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — have come out in opposition to the merger, saying that the bolstered Sinclair, with 230-plus TV stations, would have too much national power and could stifle points of view in local markets. They’re also concerned that Sinclair, which some critics say forced local stations to provide favorable coverage to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign at the expense of rival Hillary Clinton, has too cozy a relationship with the administration. “The proposed consolidation fails to further the public interest by allowing for increased consolidation that will decrease consumer choices and voices in the marketplace,” the state attorneys general wrote See SINCLAIR, Page 2B Rare Untreated Kashmir Sapphire Ring • 1.37 Carats AGL-Certified to be Untreated • Diamonds and Platinum 888.814.6279 Antiques • Fine Art • Jewelry Since 1912 rauantiques.com MONEY 2B ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Yellen & Co. are all wrong about inflation Lower rates won’t cause it, more bank lending will Ken Fisher Columnist Special to USA TODAY Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen has misplaced inflation. And she just can’t find it. Oops! Her cabal thinks yearly Consumer Price Index increases of 2% are somehow “right.” They can’t fathom why what they do doesn’t create “enough” inflation. Once you understand why this is stupid, you can plan, budget and invest better. Inflation isn’t precise. Indexes like the CPI — a wonky lineup of antiquated goods and services — are misleading. Indexes are guesstimates, broad averages. There is no “right” average. Some prices rise much more, some less and some fall. Health care and education costs are rising. Electronics are falling. Energy costs have fallen fiercely since 2011. Your experiences vary from others. Grandma feels health care costs more than young singles. Renters dread rising rents. Homeowners don’t. Undergrads munching McDonald’s fear food costs less than mothers of three. Yellen, Powell & Co. misunderstand. Markets don’t. They value realities, not arbitrary indexes. Take stocks. They’ve done super despite inflation indexes being “too low.” When I was young, the economist Milton Friedman was in his prime. Among the 20th century’s great thinkers, Friedman’s fame flowed from showing how money and inflation really worked. His 1963 opus, “A Monetary History of the United States” (co-author, Anna Jacobson Schwartz), detailed how changes in money supply affected growth and inflation, for good or ill. Few now recall his teachings. You should. Here they are: Inflation follows from excess money supply growth. Deflation? From money supply shrinking. Put another way, inflation is too much money chasing too few goods and services. Long term, money supply growth totals to real economic growth plus inflation. Contrary to common perception, we just grew the broad quantity of money, as formally defined, at the lowest rate of any economic expansion, ever. Who grew it at this low rate? Banks did. Money, what we trade when buying and selling things, comes from banks. In Sinclair Diversity Continued from Page 1B Continued from Page 1B in their letter Thursday to Federal Communications Commission. That agency and the Justice Department are reviewing the merger, which was announced in May. The deal would bring together Sinclair’s current roster of 191 stations, which reaches more than 38% of the U.S., with Tribune’s portfolio of WGN and stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The state AGs’ concerns are echoed by consumer advocates and some in the TV industry, as well as a coalition of 49 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The group sent questions about the merger to Sinclair CEO Christopher Ripley last week. Sinclair’s post-merger reach of 72% reach of U.S. homes “is well above the cap that Congress imposed in order to protect viewpoint diversity and localism,” they wrote. A federal mandate prohibits the reach of a single local broadcaster of beyond 39% of U.S. TV homes. The company entered the television business in 1971, when Julian Sinclair Smith opened its first TV station in Baltimore. His son David Smith became CEO in 1988 and by 2014, Sinclair had 109 TV stations. In January, Ripley became CEO and Smith is now executive chairman. Another son, Duncan, is vice president and secretary. With a third son, Robert, who remains a director, the three brothers own about 21% of the public company. The company got some attention in April for hiring Boris Epshteyn, a special assistant to President Trump, as a chief political analyst. His “Bottom Line with Boris” commentary segments appear across Sinclair’s network of stations. Its stations stretch across the U.S, from Albany, N.Y., and Gainesville, Fla., to Seattle and El Paso. The combined broadcast company would have stations in 39 of the top 50 markets. Sinclair has said the merger would allow the new company to better serve local viewers with expanded local coverage, better facilities and more programming, delivered in part by operational efficiencies, allowing Sinclair to upgrade the stations’ facilities, expand the stations’ local coverage (including local news), offer even greater value to multi-channel video distributors, and increase syndicated and original programming offerings. vist” Facebook page and Twitter account called for a march in Baltimore after the police custody death of Freddie Gray, Rev. Heber Brown III, pastor of a Baltimore church, confronted Blacktivist, asking if those behind the account organizing the police brutality march were local. The account responded that it was not based in Baltimore but was “looking for friendship, because we are fighting for the same reasons.” Brown retorted that Blacktivist should “come learn and listen before you lead.” When he later learned that the account was fake and based in Russia, Brown said he was stunned that he had disrupted a “Russian op.” Another fake Facebook page operated by the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, Russia, Black Matters, promoted a protest in New York City the Saturday after the election with a Facebook ad. More than 16,700 people signed up to attend on the event page and 33,000 said they were interested in the event. Tens of thousands showed up. That such an extensive covert effort by an adversarial foreign power mimicked U.S. political discourse and gained big followings by targeting specific groups of American Facebook users and spreading racially divisive messages is deeply worrying to Allison Jones, director of communications of Code2040, a San Francisco organization that works to increase the diversity of the tech industry’s workforce. Jones says igniting racial animosity is a common technique used for centuries to exploit divisions to amass and maintain power. Now, with the enormous reach and influence of social media in today’s society, it’s more effective than ever, making it even more crucial that Facebook and other technology companies employ diverse workforces, she says. “These technologies are increasingly the filter through which we interpret the world around us. There is huge potential for them to increase empathy, understanding and connectivity, but there are also great risks that they will only amplify biases already held, deepening inequity as well as polarizing people across the country,” Jones says. The Congressional Black Caucus is moving with greater urgency to pressure Silicon Valley to hire more people of color. Last month, representatives met with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in Washington, then with executives in Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. They are speaking up about the lack of diversity at all levels of the company, from the board of directors to the engineers who build the company’s products. Sandberg has committed to recruiting an African American to the all-white board. Even fewer African Americans — just 1% — hold technical roles at Facebook. “Having a diverse workforce in all aspects of tech companies, especially as relates to reviewing content and ensuring user safety, is critical to the success of the tech industry,” Rep. G.K. Sinclair Broadcast headquarters in Baltimore. EILEEN BLASS/USA TODAY Friedman’s day, it was cash and bank accounts, and it was called “M2.” Now money also includes credit cards, bank transfers, e-payment systems and some complex banking instruments. It’s called “M4.” Most of M4 is actually loans (like credit cards). The money supply increases only when our banking system increases net outstanding loans. That’s how it works. More bank lending, more money. It’s that simple. In our eight-year-long economic expansion, based on Federal Reserve data, M4 grew by 2% a year. As did our economy. Hence, low inflation. In prior expansions, M4 always rose at least twice as fast. So inflation stayed low, despite gargantuan quantitative easing by the Fed. As I’ve always said, and Friedman would know, QE isn’t expansionary or inflationary, despite common belief. Why? Because QE decreases bank lending and hence money supply growth. Why? Banks pay for short-term deposits to recycle into longer-term loans. That’s banking’s core business. Always was. Banks live off that spread between short- and long-term interest rates. When long-term rates rise relative to short-term ones, banks become more eager lenders because lending becomes more profitable. They gain a wider gross profit margin on future loans. So they lend more. With QE, the Fed bought long-term debt securities. That pushed up their price, dropping their interest rates. Ms. Yellen, Powell & Co. stupidly think lower rates will cause inflation. Wrong. They never learned their Milton Friedman. Inflation needs more lending. And lending decelerated this year, meaning overall inflation won’t rise much anytime soon. So don’t invest in things whose prices depend on big inflation. Skip natural resources, most commodities, gold and raw land. Home prices recovered from the housing crash and probably won’t see big gains from here. As inflation remains low, don’t envision interest rates returning to yesteryears’ higher levels that so many expect. Won’t happen! From here, only a rapid unwinding of QE would goose inflation. What has been and will keep working for investors in this low inflation environment? Rather obviously, the stock bull market. Enjoy it. Ken Fisher is the founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, author of 11 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, and is No. 200 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. Follow him on Twitter @KennethLFisher This Facebook post was placed by a Russian group hoping to sow discord after last year’s election. Tens of thousands showed up for the protest. FACEBOOK Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat and former chairman of the caucus, told USA TODAY in an email. Having more black people in the room is a crucial step but isn’t enough, says Sara Wachter-Boettcher, author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech. African Americans are far more attuned than white Americans to the ways racially divisive messages are coded and communicated, but companies should not place an unfair burden on “the most marginalized staff to speak up and push back against company decisions,” she says. “This is a topic where actual experts exist — people with backgrounds in critical race theory, in history, in cultural studies,” she says. “Why aren’t policies and review procedures also informed by people who’ve studied the way racism has historically functioned in America, and how racist groups communicate and gain power?” Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he plans to double the number of employees and contractors who handle safety and security issues to 20,000 by the end of 2018. He said Facebook would pour more resources into engineering efforts and would focus on new artificial intelligence systems to detect what Zuckerberg described as “bad content and bad actors.” Noble says Facebook is placing too much faith in yet-to-be-proved artificial intelligence to monitor content on its platforms. These technologies are not yet sophisticated enough to detect the political and social nuances of the carefully crafted manipulation deployed by the Russians. And, too often, she says, they harbor the biases of the people who build them and the biases they learn from the Internet. When artificial intelligence expert Rob Speer, chief science officer of Luminoso, built a restaurant review algorithm, it rated Mexican dining spots lower because it learned to associate “Mexican” with negative words like “illegal.” The reason, he says, is that the system learned the word “Mexican” from scouring the Web, where Mexican is frequently used with the word “illegal,” as in “illegal immigrants.” A Stanford study found that Internettrained artificial intelligence associated stereotypically white names with positive words such as love and laughter and stereotypically black names with negative words such as failure and cancer. Having too few people of color building and testing new products has created public relations nightmares for Silicon Valley companies. In 2015, Google apologized for its photos application mistakenly labeling photos of black people as “gorillas.” The Google workforce is 56% white and 2% black. In 2016, Google image searches were criticized for delivering very different results for “three black teenagers” than for “three white teenagers,” raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is reflected online. “For some time, we have heard claims by Silicon Valley executives who are in denial about the ways their projects impact democracy and vulnerable people — from racist and sexist trolling to fraudulent disinformation that poses as credible evidence we can trust,” Noble says. “In reality, these companies generate all kinds of ideas and unleash them on society, and we have to deal with the repercussions and harm after the fact.” MONEY USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 3B Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement 1 Ways to Generate Income in Retirement If You Are Approaching Retirement or Already Retired, Call 1-877-861- 145 for Your FREE Copy! 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Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. *As of 9/30/2017. ® MONEY 4B ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY TRAVEL ASK THE CAPTAIN Older planes fun to fly, but so are new ones John Cox Special to USA TODAY HOLIDAY AIRFARE STRATEGIES: DOES WAITING LONGER EVER WORK? On Travel Christopher Elliott USA TODAY When it comes to planning your holiday travel, sooner is better. Or is it? For example, if you’re flying home for Christmas, you’ll need to book tickets anywhere from 14 to 20 days in advance, in order to find the lowest airfare, according to advance booking data from Expedia. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a low fare for Thanksgiving, you missed your window — it ended Sept. 23. Sorry, flights are now up to 15% more expensive. This holiday season, timing will be more important than ever. Wait too long and you could be stuck with a higher price. Book too early, and you’ll miss the best rates. Take Lori Grube, who started planning her Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii a year ago. No kidding. Grube, a law enforcement dispatcher in Gaines, N.Y., began tracking airfares and researching alternate airports in order to get the best fare to Honolulu. She determined that a 21⁄2-hour drive to Toronto could save her a bundle on airfare and that the best airline would be United. She downloaded the airline’s app and checked it obsessively. “The prices fluctuated quite a bit, and when there was a price I felt was good, my husband didn’t think it was good How to call the travel industry’s bluff during the holidays ❚ Look for the “secret” cheap days. The day of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s tend to be quieter and cheaper for airline tickets. A little flexibility can save you a lot of money. ❚ Want a whole week? Try “dead week” — the first week of the year. It’s typically the quietest week of the year and you can find great prices on tickets and accommodations. ❚ Be opportunistic. Many Caribbean destinations, struggling to recover from a wave of hurricanes, are expected to start discounting. Even places that aren’t affected but are in the same region might lower prices. And don’t feel guilty, these economies depend on tourism. enough,” she recalls. “So I forged ahead.” Finally, she booked her tickets nine months before her vacation. Her price for two first-class seats to the Aloha State: $2,258. Not bad. Here’s why booking early is usually a sound strategy: Airfares are generally headed higher, thanks to rising fuel prices, says Mahmood Khan, who directs Virginia Tech’s hospitality and tourism management program. “Air travel will be costlier, and early reservations are needed,” he says. Hotels will also offer early discounts, but watch out for “gotchas.” Hotels will offer more pre-payment options, which means that in exchange for a modest discount, your room is totally nonrefundable. But zigging when everyone else zags can sometimes also pay. An airfare analysis by Yapta.com for USA TODAY found that, on average, air ticket prices sometimes drop closer to the departure date. Its data show that 29% of airlines’ price drops occur 21 days or more in advance, dropping to 16% in the 15- to 21-day advance purchase time frame, followed by an increase to 27% eight to 14 days prior to departure. Then prices drop again within one week of departure, as 29% of airline price decreases happen within this window. “Most price drops occur between seven days prior to arrival and checkin,” says Yapta spokesman Jeff Pecor. If you’re reading this story now, you’ve probably missed all the good deals for Thanksgiving, and maybe the rest of the year. Maybe it’s time to call the travel industry’s bluff: Stay flexible and wait until almost the last minute. What have you got to lose? Christopher Elliott is a consumer advocate and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Question: I have heard several airline pilots say that they preferred the feel of flying older analog-gauged equipment to newer “glass cockpit” aircraft. Did you have a preference during your airline career? — submitted by reader Shawn, Phoenix Answer: I certainly understand the comment about preferring the feel of older airplanes. They were very enjoyable to fly. The newer fly-by-wire airplanes are different in how they feel, but I enjoyed them too. The best answer I can provide you is an analogy. I have a restored early-1960s British sports car that is a lot of fun to drive. However, my day-to-day transportation is a 2017 Acura. I like the additional safety features, reliability and automation for everyday use. My preference in airplanes is similar. Q: I work for UPS and have noticed when I am giving the flight plan to the captain the vast differences between our older A300 cockpit and our newer 767 cockpit. Do the newer electronic gauges make it easier to fly, and which do you prefer to fly? — Kasey, Louisville A: I enjoyed my transition from the older flight deck to the modern “glass” flight decks. The benefit of better situational awareness and ease of understanding was a safety benefit. If you have a chance to see the flight deck of an A350 or Boeing 787, you will see even more modern design. They are beautiful and very functional. Q: What is your favorite airplane to fly and why? Do you favor Boeing traditional yoke and wheel or Airbus side-stick configuration? — Andrew Levenson A: I have several favorites, due to the vast differences in types of airplanes. The Grumman Gulfstream I was my favorite propeller airplane. Of the jets I flew it would be hard to pick one, so call it a tie between the B737 and the A320. For corporate jets, the newer Gulfstreams. My favorites all are extremely well designed, enjoyable to fly, very capable and comfortable. The side stick was very easy to adjust to and intuitive. I have much more experience flying airplanes with conventional yokes, but I don’t really favor one over the other. John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company. Have a question about flying? Send it to email@example.com. Airport shoeshine stands are still on their feet Harriet Baskas Special to USA TODAY In the days when people dressed up to fly, shoeshine stands were an airport staple. “People used to spend time getting ready to travel,” said Hector Diaz, who has managed the five locations of the Shoe Hospital at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for 10 years. “Now they just get up and put on gym shoes, sandals or whatever. Some mornings customers are still wearing pajama bottoms when they come in to have their shoes shined.” With travel attire so informal, shoeshine services at airports may seem, like payphones, to be on the way out. But in the most recent passenger amenities survey conducted by Airports Council International-North America, the number of airports with shoeshine stands (about 50) exceeds those with business centers and TSA PreCheck enrollment stations. Time-crunched business travelers are helping to keep most airport shoeshine stands in business, but in many airports it’s a long-held tradition of fast, friendly, inexpensive and, in some cases, complimentary services, that keeps customers coming back. At Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the two Like New Shoe Shine stands have been run by Wayne Kendrick’s family for about 40 years. Kendrick, who began helping his At Chicago O’Hare, the Shoe Hospital not only shines shoes ($6) and boots ($8), it also offers repair services for shoes, luggage, purses, bags and other items. CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION dad at the airport 33 years ago, now operates the stands at Louis Aarmstrong with his brother. He charges $7 for a shine, up just $2 from the $5 his dad charged years ago. “He’s been called ‘the mayor of the airport’ on more than one occasion,” said airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut. “Some people drop off their shoes before traveling and pick them up on their return. Wayne has also been known to walk out to the curb to pick up a bag of shoes from customers that are not traveling but need a shine.” Javier Anchondo has been operating the Los Amigos Shoe Shine at El Paso International Airport for a dozen years and has been charging $4 for a full shine for shoes or boots since 2005. At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the Shoe Hospital not only shines shoes ($6) and boots ($8), it also offers repair services for shoes, luggage, purses, bags, jackets and other leather items and sells accessories such as shoe laces, arch supports and shoe cushions, often to pilots and flight attendants. Passengers can drop off items in need of repair and pick up them up on their return trip or have repaired items mailed home. “Shining shoes is a dying art,” says Denise Pullen, owner of the Classic Shine Company. “But I’m trying to keep that art in the forefront and bring it to venues — like airports — where it’s a convenience.” Classic Shine operates at five airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth International, Kentucky’s Louisville International; McGhee Tyson, near Knoxville, Tenn.; Northwest Arkansas Region Airport; Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina; and, soon, San Diego International Airport. The company charges $8 across the board for its service. “We perform the same steps whether we do shoes or boots, so we’re not going to charge more for one,” said Pullen. “Plus, boot customers are some of our best customers — and our best tippers.” In keeping with the “Keep Austin Weird” mantra, passengers at Austin Bergstrom International Airport have asked the staff at the Love Shines stand to shine everything from fancy boots to casual Keens. “I’ve heard a band give them a shoutout from the airport music stage,” said AUS airport spokesman Jim Halbrook. “The singer had gotten his shoes shined there and was very happy with the quality.” Another singer happy with the way his shoes and boots look after visiting an airport shoeshine stand is Lyle Lovett, who penned an essay for the Houston Chronicle about his deep appreciation for the shoeshine stand in Terminal C at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Although he says he’s capable of caring for his own footwear, “even on days I wish I didn’t have to fly, I look forward to getting to the airport early enough to get a shine. There’s just something extragood about a professional shine, something important,” Lovett writes. And it’s not just the excellent shoeshine that Lovett likes. As the shine men and women are improving his boots, Lovett says he enjoys their stories and always benefits “from the pride they take in their work.” Harriet Baskas is a Seattle-based airports and aviation writer. MONEY USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 5B Why your brain can’t resist a celebrity endorsement Jeff Stibel Columnist Special to USA TODAY I have a problem. Every time I see a celebrity, my first thought is that I know them personally. I have notoriously embarrassed friends, colleagues and family by walking up, talking up and even hugging Tom Brady, Denise Richards, Gary Busey, Matthew McConaughey (I call him Matt) and many others as they awkwardly try to run from me. Just last week I saw my “good friend” Cuba Gooding Jr. at a restaurant, as he graciously played along and almost stole a slice of my pizza. It turns out that I am not alone. Our brains were not built for the new-age notion of celebrity. We evolved without TV, movies, gossip magazines and other mental junk food. Our brains are highly tuned to recognize people, mainly because it was once a life-or-death decision to determine friend from foe. When we met in the wild, it was critical to remember friendly faces and deadly to forget our enemies. But that same mechanism for remembering faces is ill-equipped to distinguish between our makebelieve friends on TV and our real ones. So it’s not uncommon to think of celebrities as part of the family. Advertisers have been exploiting our celebrity neurons for years. The concept of using celebrity endorsements to market products is almost as old as marketing itself. In the 1930s, baseball legend Babe Ruth was one of the first people paid to endorse a brand, Red Rock Cola. The trend has been going strong ever since, with athletes, musicians and actors raking in millions to promote consumer goods. It’s big business: LeBron James has a lifetime Nike contract worth an estimated $500 million; Kevin Durant signed a 10-year, $300 million Nike contract. 50 Cent endorsed Vitamin Water for a share of the company, earning $100 million when it sold; Beyoncé signed a $50 million contract with Pepsi. A celebrity endorsement increases a company’s sales an average of 4% relative to its competition, and also in- I almost shared a pizza with Cuba Gooding Jr. WIREIMAGE Gwen Stefani owns L.A.M.B. KEVIN MAZUR VIA GETTY IMAGES creases a company’s stock value by 0.25%, according to research by Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse and Barclays Capital analyst Jeroen Verleun. For large companies — which are more likely to use celebrity endorsements — 4% can be billions, justifying the exorbitant costs. Why do celebrity endorsements work? The answer lies in the brain. First, our minds do not do a good job of differentiating between real and makebelieve, so celebrities become familiar to us. When a familiar face promotes a product, it makes it seem as if the product itself is familiar, which makes people more likely to buy it. Even though we’ve never met them, the brain regards familiar celebrities the same way it does people who are actually familiar and trustworthy to us in real life. And the brain loves familiar faces and lights up when we see one. The more familiar, such as your mom, the more the brain becomes active. Similarly, through simple transitive properties, an endorsement by a high-quality person makes the product ap- pear high quality. Endorsements give a product some credentials. We assume a beautiful celebrity knows more about beauty products than we do, an athlete knows more about thirst-quenching beverages, and we may even assume that an actor who plays a doctor on TV is knowledgeable about drugs. I’m willing to bet that more people would line up to buy a prescription drug from George Clooney than from the surgeon general because the brain has associated Clooney with medical knowledge after seeing him as a doctor on the television series ER for more than a decade. But there are important caveats and limits. Advertising campaigns must be developed skillfully, or there’s a risk that the viewer remembers the celebrity, not the product. Worse still, there’s a risk of a celebrity’s negative attributes or misalignment tearing down the brand. An inauthentic endorsement is worse than no endorsement at all. Samsung spokespersons Manny Pacquaio and David Beckham have been caught using other brands of phones. Companies have evolved as a result to engaging celebrities as founders, owners and shareholders. In doing so, they better align their brand to the individuals promoting them and allow for greater authenticity. Whether Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, or Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP or Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B., the message and the messenger are one. As a consumer, understanding how celebrity influences the brain is a powerful anecdote to their overall impact on your decisions. Ask yourself if you would drink that tequila if Clooney wasn’t the owner or if you would buy that necklace if Angelina Jolie wasn’t wearing it. Ask yourself if you would wear that lipstick if Kylie Jenner’s name wasn’t on it, or if you would take that advice if it wasn’t coming from Oprah. And for goodness sake, they are people, too — go hug a celebrity. Jeff Stibel is vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet and an entrepreneur who also happens to be a brain scientist. He is the USA TODAY bestselling author of “Breakpoint” and “Wired for Thought.” Follow him on Twitter at @stibel. Saudi prince’s U.S. holdings in question after his arrest Billionaire, 62, called the ‘Arabian Warren Buffett’ Adam Shell USA TODAY The arrest of one of the world’s wealthiest men, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal — dubbed the “Arabian Warren Buffett” by Time magazine — has cast a spotlight on his vast investment holdings, which include American companies Citigroup, Apple, Twitter and ride-hailing service Lyft. His arrest in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night was part of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that included detaining 10 other Saudi princes, four country ministers and dozens of other ministers, seen as a move by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to tighten his grip on power. Prince Mohammed, 32, a son of King Salman, was named next in line for the throne in June. Prince Alwaleed, 62, ranked 45th in Forbes magazine’s 2017 list of the world’s richest billionaires and has a current esti- Prince Alwaleed’s investments include Apple, Twitter, Lyft, the Plaza Hotel and more. mated net worth of $17.2 billion. His global holdings include stakes in companies stretching from the Middle East to Europe to the U.S. through his investment firm Kingdom Holding Co. His investments also include the Plaza Hotel, a New York landmark, as well as a sizable stake in the Four Seasons hotel chain. The high-profile arrest raised concerns about the future of his business empire, as well as the political stability of Saudi Arabia, a key player in the world’s energy markets. It also sparked speculation on the future of the wealthy prince’s investment holdings. Shares of Kingdom Holding fell nearly 8% Sunday in Saudi Arabia. Wall Street analysts, however, downplayed a major negative impact when stock trading resumes Monday. The U.S. market, they argue, has survived more severe shocks than this since the bull run in stocks began in early 2009. “I don’t see why this should be any different,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network. Prince Alwaleed, one of the most well-known members of the Saudi royal family, is probably best known to Americans for his appearances on cable business news channels like CNBC, where he often weighs in on financial matters and is viewed as the “face” of Saudi Arabia’s investment community. In late October, he told CNBC that the cryptocurrency bitcoin would “implode” one day and weighed in on the future of electric cars. The prince, who bought a yacht from President Trump back in 1991, also said in a tweet during the presidential election that Trump should drop out of the race, saying, “You will never win.” The prince later congratulated Trump on his surprise win. Patriots QB Tom Brady and I once shared an awkward hug. AP LEGAL NOTICE IF YOU OWN CERTAIN INSINKERATOR BRAND F-201 INSTANT HOT WATER FILTERS, You Could Claim Benefits from a Class Action Settlement. A federal court authorized this notice in a case called Desio v. Emerson Electric Co., No. 2:15-cv346 (E.D. Wash.). What’s This All About? There is a proposed settlement regarding certain InSinkErator F-201 filters used in water filtration systems, which were designed to be used in instant hot water dispenser systems. The lawsuit alleges that the filters can crack and cause water damage. InSinkErator denies it did anything wrong. Are You Affected? 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Para una notificación en Español, vistar www.F201WaterFilterSettlement.com www.F201WaterFilterSettlement.com 1-833-FILTER5 (1-833-345-8375) MONEY 6B ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE ALABAMA Athens: Authorities say News from across the USA HIGHLIGHT: NEVADA NORTH CAROLINA Winston-Salem: two juveniles are charged with phoning in a bogus terrorist threat that caused Johnson Elementary School to be evacuated, Al.com reports. Employees at the Omega House Family Restaurant are responding to NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. The workers wear T-shirts that read “I Proudly Stand For The Flag – And Kneel for the Cross.” ALASKA Juneau: Officials recom- mend raising the quota for wolf hunting and trapping on Prince of Wales Island’s federal lands, KTOO-FM reports. NORTH DAKOTA Mandan: Students at Mandan High School raised $1,400 in a bake sale to help people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, The Bismarck Tribune reports. ARIZONA Phoenix: Gov. Doug Ducey wants the federal government to let Arizona partner with private businesses to build new facilities at highway rest areas. ARKANSAS Little Rock: Utility officials say winter rates are rising because of higher costs to acquire natural gas, The Arkansas DemocratGazette reports. Customers will see hikes from almost 2% to nearly 9%. CALIFORNIA San Francisco: Pacific Gas & Electric expects costs up to $200 million to restore power after last month’s devastating wildfires, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Sara Trigero’s preschoolers and co-workers help her boyfriend Dallin Knecht make his suprise marriage proposal on the University of Nevada-Reno campus Friday. PHOTOS BY JASON BEAN/RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Preschoolers help man make surprise proposal Siobhan McAndrew COLORADO Denver: A suspect in a 1978 killing is being sought after he was released because prosecutors missed a deadline to file charges. CONNECTICUT Waterbury: The former office manager at a Connecticut law firm is charged with embezzling more than $125,000, The RepublicanAmerican reports. DELAWARE Dover: The former chief of security at a state prison where inmates staged a deadly riot and hostage-taking is no longer with the Department of Correction. Reno Gazette-Journal It’s hard to say no to a bunch of adorable preschoolers. Being in love and on one knee with a diamond doesn’t hurt either. That was exactly what University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) student Dallin Knecht was betting on when he proposed to his girlfriend Sara Trigero on Friday. Trigero, a teacher at the Child and Family Research Center at UNR, was surprised when her class of 2- and 3-year-olds were in on the proposal. Trigero walked out of a meeting to her class and co-workers standing on the Quad at UNR holding a sign that read, “Sara, say yes.” “She loves the kids so much that any other way I thought to propose didn’t seem like enough,” Knecht said. “This seemed original.” Trigero said yes. The couple met working at Brew Brothers, a restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno and have been dating for two years. Sara Trigero shows the engagement ring given her by Dallin Knecht, right. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A ground- breaking ceremony last week marked the start of work on a memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. Organizers hope to have the memorial ready by June 2019. FLORIDA Lakeland: A woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway was arrested and charged with DUI. Authorities say Donna Byrne registered blood alcohol level of .161. OREGON Seaside: A cougar sighting prompted Seaside Heights Elementary officials to move student activity inside, The Daily Astorian reports. PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg: Health officials say more than 1,000 people signed up for the new medical marijuana program on its first day, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. RHODE ISLAND Providence: The state Division of Motor Vehicles wants to levy a $250 late fee to restore vehicle registrations if their safety inspection has lapsed. SOUTH DAKOTA Pine Ridge: The ally don’t feel safe on campus. who voluntarily seek treatment, Minnesota Public Radio reports. KENTUCKY Louisville: The Ken- tucky Farm Bureau opened enrollment for 2018 Roadside Farm Market sellers. IDAHO Weiser: Chris and Sharolyn Schofield have carved a unique niche in art — making colossal sculptures of Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes, the Capital Press reports. Thousands of onlookers watch the dropping of their giant, glowing potato in downtown Boise each New Year’s Eve. Treasurer Ken Miller says revenue collections went up 10.6% in October compared to a year ago. Some 90 560th REDHORSE engineer reservists are home after a six-month deployment to southwest Asia. international conservation group has recognized Georgia’s barrier islands as important habitat for shorebirds. spray painting the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole statue in the Waikiki neighborhood pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail. OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: State SOUTH CAROLINA North Charleston: GEORGIA St. Simons Island: An HAWAII Honolulu: A man accused of OHIO Columbus: State lawmakers are considering a plan to require photos on food stamp cards to combat selling them for cash. LOUISIANA Rayville: Authorities say 10 cows died when an 18-wheeler carrying them overturned on Interstate 20, The NewsStar of Monroe reports. MAINE Augusta: State officials say food stamp recipients are eligible to get replacements for losses resulting from last week’s power outages, WCSH-TV reports. MARYLAND Baltimore: Mayor Catherine Pugh has launched a program to eliminate rats from public housing, The Baltimore Sun reports. The city’s 16 public housing developments will get quarterly rodent and cockroach treatments. MISSISSIPPI Tupelo: This Mississip- pi city has dedicated a small-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports. MISSOURI Jefferson City: The Mis- souri Department of Public Safety is investigating the St. Louis Veterans Home amid allegations of poor care, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. MONTANA Billings: A Canadian mining company raised $2.5 million to help fund a gold mine north of Yellowstone National Park, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. Indian Health Service says the Pine Ridge reservation hospital faces new federal sanctions after it previously was found in violation of quality-ofcare standards. TENNESSEE Charleston: Wacker Chemical will keep its staff of almost 700 workers even though a September explosion will likely keep the plant idle until next year, The Chattanooga Times Free-Press reports. TEXAS San Antonio: An Army ser- geant and military recruiter was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison in a scheme to funnel dozens of assault weapons to a Mexican drug cartel. UTAH Salt Lake City: Hundreds of LGBTQ students will hold a summit Dec. 2 at Utah Valley University. NEBRASKA Omaha: A judge dis- missed a theft case against a former Winnebago Tribal Council member, The Sioux City Journal reports. VERMONT Brattleboro: Local stu- dents who do good work have a new incentive: cards for free cheeseburgers, the Brattleboro Reformer reports. NEVADA Ely: Official say a fight at Nevada’s maximum-security prison in Ely left four inmates injured. About 40 inmates were involved. VIRGINIA Richmond: Liquor sales in Virginia set a new record for the last fiscal year — $940 million. The top seller was Hennessy cognac. NEW HAMPSHIRE Salem: Police are ILLINOIS Brookfield: A giraffe that officials of Brookfield Zoo describe as the matriarch of the herd was euthanized when her health declined. INDIANA Flora: A fundraising group is selling cookbooks to raise the reward money in the fire deaths of four young sisters a year ago. Authorities blame arson for the blaze. IOWA Davenport: Compassion Church has agreed to accept $15,000 to settle a lawsuit against the city and three officials accused of using zoning regulations against its program feeding the homeless. MASSACHUSETTS Boston: Boston College is planning a $150 million science center to enroll new engineering and science majors. Construction on the center begins in 2019. MICHIGAN Portage: A shipping port along Lake Michigan has landed a nearly $10 million federal grant for an expansion project, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports. KANSAS Wichita: Kansas State Uni- versity is stepping up police patrols following a spate of racial incidents. The president of the Black Student Union says minority students gener- MINNESOTA Brainerd: St. Joseph’s Medical Center says it will no longer take patients committed for psychiatric illness but still accepts those warning of a particularly deadly batch of heroin/fentanyl after responding to three overdoses in 24 hours, one of them fatal. WASHINGTON Olympia: The state’s NEW JERSEY Newark: Mayor Ras Baraka is accused of violating campaign finance rules in the closely contested 2014 race. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: State prepaid college tuition plan has reopened to investors after being frozen for more than two years. corrections officials suspended five guards without pay following an Oct. 25 escape that wasn’t noticed for about 36 hours. NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: State offi- cials credit reliance on paper ballots, in part, for making New Mexico less vulnerable to hackers, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. WISCONSIN Madison: A nonprofit that supports the dairy industry objects to replacing the “America’s Dairyland” slogan on state license plates, as a state lawmaker proposes. NEW YORK Albany: The cemetery where human rights pioneers Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are buried is among 21 state properties recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. WYOMING Cheyenne: Police and animal control officers tranquilized and captured a mountain lion roaming the city, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports. Compiled from staff, wire reports. E6 USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ SECTION C IN SPORTS It’s up to Oklahoma’s defense Sooners’ elite offense can’t do it all 2C Irish crack Amway Top 5 Notre Dame jumps three spots in rankings 2C Paul eager to start playing again TONY JONES JR. BY MATT Rockets guard may be a week or two away 2C CASHORE/USA TODAY SPORTS Harvick, Truex clinch spots in final four Keselowski sits comfortably in 4th in NASCAR transfer slot A.J. Perez USA TODAY FORT WORTH – Brad Keselowski exited Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 with a decent grasp on the fourth and final playoff spot ahead of the final race before the championship field is set. Given what occurred on the first lap, the Team Penske driver hardly lamented his fifth-place finish. “We’ll take it,” Keselowski said. “I still want more. I hate to give up those stage points. Nineteen points isn’t terrible for a cushion. We’ll need to go and have a solid race at Phoenix next week and hope none of the other guys win.” Two more title-eligible slots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs were taken at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Kevin Harvick’s victory, his first in Texas, locked him in, and Martin Truex Jr.’s runner-up finish gave him enough points to secure a spot. With last week’s win, Kyle Busch became the first driver to attain a slot in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks. “I’m happy to get to victory lane here. It’s been a long time coming,” Harvick said. “I knew I had a really good car. ... I waited until the end and was able to get on the outside of Martin. I’m real proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing.” Keselowski had to pit on the first lap of the 500-mile race after Busch drifted up the track and made contact. That put him a lap down in 39th place. “Something happened on lap one, and basically we started the race last and a lap-and-a-half down,” Keselowski said. “That cost us a bunch of stage points, but we rallied with a solid effort See NASCAR, Page 6C Kevin Harvick celebrates after his AAA Texas 500 win made him title eligible. JEROME MIRON/USA TODAY SPORTS Martin Rogers Columnist USA TODAY New York Marathon inspires show of defiance ers in his midst. He went into full puntreturn mode, darting and dashing to a stunning, 56-yard touchdown. Crawford’s next thought: “Are you kidding me?” It was that kind of day at JerryWorld. Strange things happened. The much-maligned Dallas defense essentially kept one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offenses in check, regaining its groove after the midgame lapse — Dallas gave up a 62-yard TD drive to NEW YORK – A light and persistent drizzle dampened most of the New York Marathon course on Sunday morning, but there was something else in the air, too. It was something magical and meaningful, and it was felt with the enduring tread of each runner, each cheer from the thronged masses in all five boroughs. It was hope and optimism and defiance, a three-tiered shield to soothe this city, as New York put a troubled week behind it and put its best foot (or feet) forward, time and time again. It was the kind of thing that can’t help but lift you, a tonic created from nothing more than human energy and feeling, and it inspired Shalane Flanagan, so much so that the Portlandbased veteran became the first American women’s winner of the race since 1977. “This last week has been really hard as a nation and in New York,” said Flanagan, who was close enough to the Boston bombing in 2013 that she heard the blast. “It hits home with me significantly. We always need a reason to smile in tough times, and hopefully (this) can bring a few smiles to people’s faces.” Marathons are always more about the struggle of the human spirit than a simple race, and this year’s event had its own character. The terrorist attack allegedly perpetrated by ISIS sympathizer Sayfullo Saipov on Tuesday was met with a resolute response here and an unmissable message that terrorism’s kryptonite is perseverance. It inspired Koen Naert, 28, from Bel- See COWBOYS, Page 4C See MARATHON, Page 6C David Irving (95) tackles Kareem Hunt as the Cowboys held the NFL rushing leader to 37 yards. TIM HEITMAN/USA TODAY SPORTS ‘D’ stars in Dallas Cowboys surprise Chiefs with all-around effort Jarrett Bell Columnist USA TODAY ARLINGTON, Texas – Just two seconds were on the clock before halftime when the Kansas City Chiefs dialed up the perfect play to foil Rod Marinelli’s prevent defense. With eight Dallas Cowboys defenders stationed inside their own 10-yard line — looking for a Hail Mary — Alex USA SNAPSHOTS© Smith took the snap from Kansas City’s 44-yard line and flipped a pass over the middle for Tyreek Hill. Tyrone Crawford, the Dallas defensive end, was assured as he turned back to watch the play develop. “Oh, man, we’ve got this,” Crawford remembered thinking, flashing back in the boisterous locker room after the 2817 win. “All those guys are down there.” No matter. Hill, the lightning-fast receiver who doubles as one of the NFL’s most dangerous returners, had a convoy of block- SPORTSLINE FIRST WORD I’m going to swing big and play my game, like I always do. Just enjoy the moment.” Men: Women: 3.41 3.48 American tennis player Jack Sock, after winning the Paris Masters final 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 against Filip Krajinovic and qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals in London. Cumulative GPAs for Division I skiers, best for both men and women among all NCAA Div. 1 sports in 2015-16 NOTABLE NUMBERS LAST WORD 311, 4 I can’t imagine a better ending to this season, two titles in two weeks and this is the biggest one.” Yards and touchdown passes by Jared Goff, both game career highs for the second-year quarterback, as the Rams trounced the Giants 51-17. 50 SOURCE NCAA Research Ellen J. Horrow; Janet Loehrke/USA TODAY Jack Sock reacts after his win. MICHEL EULER/AP Bowl-eligible teams for the 78 slots available after Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Virginia were among several teams that notched their sixth victory this week. German tennis player Julia Goerges, who defeated American CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 in the WTA Elite Trophy final Sunday. Compiled by USA TODAY Staff 2C ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS E6 Sooners will go as far as defense allows Stoops: Big 12 teams not easy to contain George Schroeder Columnist USA TODAY STILLWATER, Okla. – The quarterback was sitting on the floor in a narrow corridor, eating a plate of postgame barbecue, when the defensive coordinator happened by. Mike Stoops stopped and fist-bumped Baker Mayfield. “I told you,” he said, “we’d get a couple of stops.” But only a couple. In a 62-52 victory over rival Oklahoma State that lived up to its Bedlam nickname, Mayfield and Oklahoma’s offense was very near unstoppable and looked every bit like a unit capable of putting up points — a whole lot of points — on anyone. But they had to be, because Oklahoma’s defense played every bit like a unit capable of giving up points — a whole lot of points — to anyone. The Sooners will remain no worse than No. 5 in this week’s updated College Football Playoff Top 25, and they might well move into the top four. But the offensive-defensive dichotomy poses a bit of a dilemma for the selection committee. The Sooners piled up 785 yards in another road win against a ranked opponent. But they gave up 661 yards and 52 points. In the second quarter, when the teams combined for 52 points, it was like watching a tennis match, only it wasn’t so much a sustained rally but as if the teams were trading smashed aces. What to make of it all? Last Tuesday night, Kirby Hocutt, the selection committee’s chair, noted: “We talked about the offensive strength that Oklahoma has … but the selection committee has that same question about Oklahoma’s play on the defensive side of the ball.” After the shootout, there’s good reason 1. Alabama (9-0) Points: 1,624 (64 first-place votes). Previous ranking (PR): 1. Next: Saturday at No. 18 Mississippi State (ESPN, 7). 2. Georgia (9-0) Points: 1,560 (1). PR: 2. Next: Saturday at No. 10 Auburn (CBS, 3:30). 3. Wisconsin (9-0) Points: 1,392. PR: 4. Next: Saturday vs. Iowa (ABC, 3:30). 4. Clemson (8-1) Points: 1,379. PR: 5. Next: Saturday vs. Florida State (ESPN, 3:30). 5. Notre Dame (8-1) Points: 1,367. PR: 8. Next: Saturday at No. 6 Miami (Fla.) (ABC, 8). for both impressions to be magnified. “I really don’t care,” said Lincoln Riley, the Sooners’ first-year coach. “We won. … We’re not perfect. I’m not saying we are. We’ve got a lot of things to get better at. But we’re good at winning.” There’s no arguing that. But are they good enough defensively to keep winning? How would it translate in the Playoff? Mayfield insisted Bedlam was not just a Big 12 shootout but “two of the best teams in college football,” and he might be right. For certain, it was two of the best offenses. Maybe the two best. Let’s be clear: Oklahoma’s defense is not good. The Sooners rank 75th and 87th nationally in scoring and total defense, allowing averages of 28.2 points and 413.1 yards, respectively. But Stoops has an alternate theory: It might not be nearly as bad as the Big 12 can make it look. “Trying to take away everything from these offenses is almost impossible,” Stoops said. “They’re so good.” When it comes to the Big 12, what makes it different is the offenses, yes. There are defensive deficiencies, no doubt. But how much of that is magnified by the threat level, week in and week out, of those offenses? Stoops’ contention, at least partly, is that the stats are skewed because Big 12 defenses are stretched until they break in ways that their counterparts in many other conferences don’t face. There is no other conference where as many dangerous offenses lurk. That’s not the case in the Southeastern Conference, where the muddy middle doesn’t feature an offense that scares anyone. “It’s ridiculous,” Stoops said, speaking specifically of the idea that the Big 12 doesn’t play defense. “That’s an unfair bias. And I’m not — shoot, we’ve got to play better than that. … I laugh at people. I say, ‘You don’t face what we face.’ Look what happens when they do?” He has a point. But we’ve seen the receivers running free behind the secondary, the running backs blowing through holes created by the defensive schemes built to cover up the coverage problems. Will Johnson makes one of Oklahoma’s two interceptions Saturday, this one in front of Oklahoma State’s Marcell Ateman. KEVIN JAIRAJ/USA TODAY SPORTS Which in part is what makes the idea of Oklahoma in the Playoff pretty fun. Consider, for a moment, Oklahoma’s offense vs. Alabama’s defense, or Georgia’s. How much fun would that be? Football four After two huge upsets, the Big Ten is in danger of missing the Playoff. After Iowa’s stunning blowout of Ohio State and Michigan State’s slightly less surprising win against Penn State, the league’s best hope appears to be Wisconsin wins out. Potentially even worse for the Big Ten: Michigan beats Wisconsin. Or a two-loss Big Ten East team (take your pick from among Michigan State, Ohio State or Penn State) beats Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. At that point, the Big Ten has to hope for all kinds of chaos everywhere else. 1. Georgia — The Bulldogs controlled things against South Carolina and clinched the SEC East along the way. The threat level increases dramatically this week at Auburn. 2. Alabama — LSU was never in position to win, but the Tigers matched up physically with ’Bama, which suffered apparently serious injuries at linebacker. The Crimson Tide looked less than immortal. 3. Notre Dame — The Irish put away Wake Forest early despite missing running back Josh Adams for most of the game. Up next, a showdown with Miami (Fla.). 4. Clemson — The Tigers won a tussle at North Carolina State. Three unranked opponents before a probable Atlantic Coast Conference title game matchup with Miami. 6. Miami (Fla.) (8-0) 13. Penn State (7-2) 20. Washington State (8-2) Points: 1,326. PR: 6. Next: Saturday vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (ABC, 8). Points: 817. PR: 7. Next: Saturday vs. Rutgers (BTN, noon). Points: 376. PR: not ranked. Next: Saturday at Utah (Pac-12, 5:30). 7. Oklahoma (8-1) 14. Southern California (8-2) 21. South Florida (8-1) Points: 1,314. PR: 9. Next: Saturday vs. No. 9 TCU (Fox, 8). Points: 778. PR: 17. Next: Saturday at Colorado (Fox, 4). Points: 306. PR: 23. Next game: Nov. 16 vs. Tulsa. 8. Washington (8-1) 15. Oklahoma State (7-2) 22. Michigan (7-2) Points: 1,154. PR: 11. Next: Friday at Stanford (FS1, 10:30). Points: 764. PR: 10. Next: Saturday at No. 23 Iowa State (ABC/ESPN2, noon). Points: 261. PR: 24. Next: Saturday at Maryland (BTN, 3:30). 9. TCU (8-1) 16. Michigan State (7-2) 23. Iowa State (6-3) Points: 1,143. PR: 12. Next: Saturday at No. 7 Oklahoma (Fox, 8). Points: 609. PR: not ranked. Next: Saturday at No. 11 Ohio State (Fox, noon). Points: 150. PR: 16. Next: Saturday vs. No. 15 Oklahoma State (ABC/ESPN2, noon). 10. Auburn (7-2) 17. Virginia Tech (7-2) Points: 900. PR: 15. Next: Saturday vs. No. 2 Georgia (CBS, 3:30). Points: 555. PR: 13. Next: Saturday at Georgia Tech. 11. Ohio State (7-2) 18. Mississippi State (7-2) Points: 881. PR: 3. Next: Saturday vs. No. 16 Michigan State (Fox, noon). Points: 462. PR: 22. Next: Saturday vs. No. 1 Alabama (ESPN, 7). 12. Central Florida (8-0) 19. Memphis (8-1) Points: 854. PR: 14. Next: Saturday vs. Connecticut (ESPNU, noon). Points: 457. PR: 21. Next game: Nov. 18 vs. Southern Methodist. Big Ten in big trouble 24. North Carolina State (6-3) Points: 149. PR: 19. Next: Saturday at Boston College (ABC/ESPN2, noon). 25. LSU (6-3) Points: 136. PR: 20. Next: Saturday vs. Arkansas (ESPN, noon). Dropped out: No. 18 Stanford (6-3), No. 25 Arizona (6-3). Others receiving votes: West Virginia (6-3) 120; Iowa (6-3) 112; Stanford (6-3) 58; Toledo (8-1) 31; Boise State (7-2) 29; Arizona (6-3) 25; San Diego State (8-2) 18; South Carolina (6-3) 6; Northwestern (6-3) 5; Troy (7-2) 4; Army (7-2) 3. The Amway board of coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. Paul eager to navigate Rockets’ guard experiment Sam Amick USA TODAY Chris Paul had plenty of distractions from his mental misery on Saturday. There was practice with his Houston Rockets in the morning, with Paul getting another step closer to returning from the left knee injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 17. There was a charity event that followed, a feel-good affair in which the focus was rebuilding two middle schools that were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. And there were Paul family soccer games to keep track of remotely, with his 8-year-old son, “Lil Chris,” in one and 5-year-old daughter, Camryn, in the other. If only for a day, the 32-year-old had a mental break from what has been a brutal start to his Rockets tenure after six years with the Los Angeles Clippers. “Basketball is a huge part of my life, and I don’t get to do that,” Paul, who was promoting a new State Farm commercial that premieres on Wednesday, told USA TODAY by phone. “We’ve actually been on the road a lot, so it’s actually good to be home for a while. Just try to stay busy, and my wife tries to keep me sane.” For competitors such as Paul, the only thing more maddening than losing is not being able to play. This was supposed to be the early days of Paul playing alongside James Harden, with reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni trying to work his magic while they all learned how to co-exist. Instead, Paul banged his knee in a preseason game Oct. 11, struggled in the season opener and hasn’t played since. “It’s going to set us back — no doubt about it,” D’Antoni, whose team improved to 8-3 with a 137-110 rout of the Utah Jazz on Sunday, told USA TODAY by phone. “There’s going to be a learning curve.” As Paul and D’Antoni see it, the ninetime All-Star likely will return at some point in the next two weeks. He has made key progress in the last week, having gone from the boxing and water treadmill routine that helps maintain his wind to on-court activities. Said D’Antoni: “Now Chris Paul he’s getting back on the USA TODAY floor, where he’s now shooting foul shots, shooting a little bit. He’s been working his butt off. … He’s going to be in shape, and he’s trying to take his anxiety and frustration out on working out. But it’s normal stuff. ... It’s (only) unique because he just got here, and we have all this going on.” By this, he means the process of unseating the Golden State Warriors as NBA champs while integrating two of the best point guards in the NBA. Paul routinely pulls 23-year-old big man Clint Capela aside, painting a picture of how they will make opponents pay when he returns. He also pounds the point about their need to improve defensively. “We won’t know really what we look like until I get back out there,” Paul said. “(But) man, I’m learning so much, so much. … I think the biggest thing that we talk about as a team is communication, so we’re trying to make sure we continue to get better and better at that — especially on the defensive end. “Coming from a different team, you talk about what was the perception of this team when you were at another team. … We want to play up-tempo and all that different type of stuff, but it’s no secret that the NBA champions (for) the past six, seven years have all been top 10 in defense.” D’Antoni has entrusted that end of the floor to assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik since last season. But Paul’s view, on that topic and many more, is being heard. “He’s seeing things where we can get better, what we need to do,” D’Antoni said. “A lot of (his feedback) is personnel driven. He knows the league really well.” SPORTS E4 USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 3C NFL Rams, Eagles have offenses in high gear Lindsay H. Jones USA TODAY The 40 things we learned from Week 9 of the NFL season. 1. In a sign of things to come, the Los Angeles Rams scored Sunday’s first touchdown on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Jared Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee against the New York Giants. But that was hardly the Rams’ most entertaining play of the first half. That would be the 52-yard screen-pass TD from Goff to wide receiver Robert Woods — which came on third-and-33. According to Pro Football Reference, no team had converted a third down of more than 30 yards in the 21st century. 2. The Rams rolled 51-17 and have now scored 40 or more points three times this season. In eight games, they have posted 263 points, already surpassing their total of 224 from all of 2016. 3. The Denver Broncos made a notable move last week by switching quarterbacks from turnover-prone Trevor Siemian to Brock Osweiler. Didn’t make much of a difference Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, as Osweiler was intercepted twice. 4. The Broncos did manage a field goal on their opening drive, the first time they’d scored on their initial possession since Week 2. 5. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz deserves to be the MVP front-runner, especially after becoming the first player since Andrew Luck in 2013 to throw three first-half touchdown passes against the vaunted Broncos defense. 6. Wentz leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes, and he was pulled from Sunday’s game with more than eight minutes remaining. 7. Trade analysis I: RB Jay Ajayi averaged a season-best 9.6 yards per carry (eight rushes, 77 yards) and scored on a 46-yard touchdown run in his Eagles debut. Philadelphia gained 419 yards against the top-ranked Denver defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 276 in a game this season before Sunday. 8. Trade analysis II: Entering Sunday, the Miami Dolphins had averaged the fewest yards and points this season with Ajayi’s services. They shouldn’t miss him that much. 9. Denver had allowed 21 points per game over its first seven contests. The fact the Eagles torched the Broncos for 51 should be as concerning — if not more so — than their quarterback woes. 10. As if we needed more reminders of the Tom Coughlin influence in Jacksonville, the Jaguars benched star rookie running back Leonard Fournette for a violation of team rules, including missing the team photo. That’s sending a message that even the best players will not be coddled. 11. By the way, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon combined for 110 rushing yards in Fournette’s absence, helping the Jaguars to a 23-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. 12. Trade analysis III: New Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus didn’t fill up the stat sheet — his three tackles tied for third on the team in Sunday’s win — but he did help limit Cincinnati to just 148 yards and those seven points. 13. Trade analysis IV: The Bengals still have backup quarterback AJ McCarron. Maybe they should have played him. Andy Dalton is now 9-14-1 since the beginning of last season. 14. Both the Bengals and the Jaguars had to play more than half the game without one of their best players after Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green and Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey were ejected for fighting. Replays clearly showed Green throwing punches, so he can expect a fine this week. 15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans should also expect a fine — maybe even a suspension — for his role in a sideline altercation with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Evans leveled Lattimore with a blindside hit from behind and then appeared to throw punches. Evans was not tossed, even after a long discussion among the officials, in a situation that clearly warranted an ejection. 16. Life without Deshaun Watson, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday’s practice, looks pretty grim for the Houston Texans. They lost 20-14 at home to the Indianapolis Colts with Texans quarterback Tom Savage completing just 19 of 44 passes for 219 yards. 17. Savage did connect on the first touchdown pass of his career Sunday, a Pair of NFC division leaders score 51 points in Week 9 blowouts Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Seahawks holder Jon Ryan (9) react after Seattle kicker Blair Walsh, center, missed a field goal attempt. STEPHEN BRASHEAR/AP Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green throws a punch at the helmet of Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. SAM GREENE/THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER 34-yarder to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He had several chances to win the game in the final seconds, but his final two passes fell incomplete in the end zone, and he was strip-sacked on the final play. (Which makes us ask again: Why did coach Bill O’Brien want Savage, and not Watson, to be Houston’s starter on opening day?) 18. Savage now has one touchdown pass in 149 career attempts. Watson threw for 19 touchdowns in his first 204 throws. 19. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, 44, managed eight points Sunday, giving him sole possession of second place on the league’s all-time scoring list with 2,442. He needs 103 more to displace Hall of Famer Morten Andersen for first place. 20. A snapshot of everything that’s wrong with the Atlanta Falcons offense: All-pro wide receiver Julio Jones, wide open in the end zone, dropping a deep TD pass from QB Matt Ryan on fourth down in the fourth quarter of the 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. “I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity,” Jones said. “I just missed it. No excuses or anything like that. I just missed it.” 21. Are the Panthers finally figuring out how to best use rookie RB Christian McCaffrey? He had a career-high 66 rushing yards against the Falcons after totaling 117 in his first eight games. 22. Trade analysis V: How much do the Buffalo Bills need WR Kelvin Benjamin? Welp, he was inactive during Thursday night’s loss to the New York Jets, though QB Tyrod Taylor still passed for two TDs and a season-high 285 yards with the receivers who were already in Buffalo. 23. Trade analysis VI: How much did the Panthers — many seemed shocked when Benjamin was traded Tuesday — miss their former No. 1 re- ceiver? Welp, they had a season-low 129 net passing yards Sunday. 24. Trade analysis VII: FWIW, the Benjamin deal seems like one that should work out for all parties. The 6-5, 245-pounder should provide a needed red-zone threat for the Bills, who’ve gotten only seven TDs from their wideouts. Carolina, meanwhile, now has more opportunities to integrate McCaffrey and fellow rookie Curtis Samuel while it awaits the seemingly imminent return of TE Greg Olsen to its arsenal. 25. Still, the Saints continue to look like the best team in the NFC South. With the defense dominant over the last month — the Bucs managed just 10 points and 200 yards Sunday — and New Orleans RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combining for 231 total yards and two TDs, QB Drew Brees isn’t under nearly as much pressure. 26. Trade analysis VIII: And in one of those moves that worked out for everyone, while Ingram and Kamara were piling up the yards in New Orleans, former Saints RB Adrian Peterson had his second 100-yard effort in three appearances with the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson amassed 159 yards on career-high 37 carries in a 20-10 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers. 27. What a disaster of a season for the Buccaneers, who fall to 2-6 and have no bye week after having to take Week 1 off because of Hurricane Irma. And QB Jameis Winston’s shoulder continues to be an issue — he spent the second half on the sideline Sunday after taking another hit. 28. Any lingering questions about the health of Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who suffered a hamstring injury a month ago, should be answered after watching him hurdle a Baltimore Ravens defender on a scramble Sunday. 29. The Ravens lost 23-20 in Nash- ville, but QB Joe Flacco passed for a pair of scores and a season-high 261 yards after being knocked out by that ugly hit from Miami LB Kiko Alonso in Baltimore’s previous game. 30. Count the New England Patriots among the biggest winners of Week 9. Not only did Tom Brady get to spend his Halloween bye week dressed up as avocado toast, the Pats emerged as suddenly alone in first place in the AFC East thanks to the Jets’ upset of Buffalo. 31. The Giants’ 34-point loss to the Rams was their worst since they were beaten 38-0 at Carolina in 2013. 32. Before Tony Romo called his first Dallas Cowboys game for CBS on Sunday, the team honored its former quarterback’s return to AT&T Stadium with a pregame tribute video and a banner behind the end zone that read “Welcome home 9.” Romo remarked to broadcast partner Jim Nantz: “I wasn’t prepared for that. That was pretty emotional.” 33. Romo brought interesting insight to the telecast, including discussing the unique way the sun shines through the windows during late-afternoon games at the stadium. Several times, he referred to his former teammates by their first names. 34. Preventing the bomb is usually the right way to defend against a Hail Mary. But teams playing the Kansas City Chiefs will need to rethink that strategy after Tyreek Hill’s 57-yard touchdown at the end of the first half against Dallas. Hill caught a short pass from QB Alex Smith as the final second ticked off the clock and weaved his way past Cowboys defenders for one of the most exciting plays of the year. 35. Travis Kelce, with an assistant from several Chiefs teammates, won the award for Sunday’s best touchdown celebration with a simulated potato sack race. 36. However, the Chiefs couldn’t overcome the Cowboys. Smith threw his first interception of the season, tying Hill for the team lead, in a 28-17 defeat. 37. Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott practiced just once last week as his suspension was reinstated and then once again put on hold Friday. But who needs practice? Elliott rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and now has six scores in the last three weeks. 38. Trade analysis IX: If the 49ers don’t allow new QB Jimmy Garoppolo onto the field, they’re in serious danger of the second 0-16 season in league history. 39. Trade analysis X: What happened to that high-powered offense the Seattle Seahawks showed last week in scoring 41 points against the Houston Texans? Seattle’s offense — with newly acquired LT Duane Brown — was shut out for more than 48 minutes against the Redskins on Sunday before Russell Wilson’s touchdown pass to TE Luke Willson. 40. Rough day for Seahawks K Blair Walsh, who missed all three field goal attempts wide left against Washington. Seattle lost 17-14. Contributing: Nate Davis 4C ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS E6 NFL Wentz, Eagles carve up reeling Broncos in rout Philadelphia scores 51 in moving to 8-1 Mike Jones USA TODAY PHILADELPHIA – It shouldn’t have looked that easy. Not against the topranked defense in the NFL. But there they were, Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles offense: passing at will, running at will and lighting up the scoreboard in a 51-23 rout Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field to improve their league-best record to 8-1 as they enter their bye. The matchup should have presented Wentz & Co. with one of their toughest tests of the season, but instead, the Eagles — tired of repeated reminders of the Broncos’ greatness — attacked the visitors with a vengeance, and Denver offered little resistance. The Broncos (3-5) entered the game having never allowed more than 29 points in a contest this season. But the Eagles found the end zone seven times. Denver hadn’t allowed more than 278 yards to an opponent, but Philly racked up 419. Wentz recorded another four-touchdown outing (his second in three weeks), and the Eagles running backs combined for a 197-yard, three-touchdown rushing day. “That’s a good defense and that’s a good rushing defense, and they are that way for a reason,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said after his team’s seventh consecutive victory. “I just think that when you hear that all week — everybody’s got Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery with one of his four TD passes Sunday. BILL STREICHER/USA TODAY SPORTS a lot of pride. They want to do their jobs and do them right. It’s a good test for our offensive line, and they really stepped up to the occasion, and, gosh, they rose up and did a nice job today.” Indeed, the Eagles players heard from the outside that they would likely struggle against the Broncos. But in their meetings and on the practice fields, they heard repeatedly about how they could use Denver’s aggressive style of play to their advantage. So when the Eagles gave them the look they wanted and Wentz & Co. lined up and ran an option play where the quarterback first faked the handoff, scrambled to his right as if to run, sucking defenders toward him, and then floated a 32-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jef- fery for their first score of the game, the success came as no surprise. “I think we felt really confident in our plan and the looks that they were showing,” said Wentz, who further strengthened his case for MVP and extended his league-leading touchdown total to 23. Said Jeffery, “It’s just something the coaches seen and something we’ve practiced all week. (Eagles cornerback Ronald) Darby can tell you, all week we practiced it and it worked on him, so that’s something that we did a good job of scheming the game plan of. Carson did a great job. We practiced it: If he pulls it you take off running, and that’s what we done.” The Eagles also let the overaggressive Broncos pass rush to work to their favor in the run game. With defenders out of place and off-balance, the backs gashed Denver for runs of 46, 28 and 26 yards. New addition Jay Ajayi gained 77 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and Corey Clement ran for two touchdowns to lead the way. Broncos players lamented after the game that it felt as if the Eagles knew exactly what was coming on defense and how to attack. Wentz, Jeffery and their teammates said that basically was the case and praised their coaches’ gameplanning. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense had equally as impressive a day. All game long they harassed newly installed Broncos starter Brock Osweiler, sacking him three times, hitting him seven more times and intercepting him twice. Denver found the end zone once offensively — a fourth-quarter connection between Osweiler and Demaryius Thomas. And the Broncos defense tacked on a garbage-time touchdown after Eagles backup Nick Foles fumbled on a Von Miller sack that Brandon Marshall returned 19 yards. But the Eagles didn’t even care after the game. Considering their record entering their bye week, they had reason to smile. “It’s hard to win in this league. It really is,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “Every single one of them, you get excited about and cherish. With everyone you stack up, you know the opponent is going to come at you that much harder. We embrace that. … Obviously, we’re happy going into the bye at 8-1. That doesn’t happen many times. … Having a start like this sets us up for where we want to go.” ‘Superman’ Newton leads Panthers past Falcons Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton strolled to the middle of the huddle, the right side of his silver pants stained with streaks of grass. He was about to bleed the clock dry in the final series of the game. Once again, the quarterback nicknamed “Superman” had to do it all for the Carolina Panthers to secure a win. The Panthers withstood a late charge from the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 2017 to keep pace in the NFC South. Elsewhere, the division-leading New Orleans Saints (6-2) demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to retain their slim grip of first place. The Panthers, though, are close behind at 6-3. Although the Panthers tried to alter their offense over the offseason to limit Newton’s carries and his exposure to big hits, the franchise quarterback continues to be Carolina’s most dangerous rushing option. Newton ran the ball nine times for a team-high 86 yards and scored the goahead touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. It marked the fourth consecutive game Newton has led Carolina in rushing yards. Cowboys Continued from Page 1C start the second half to fall behind for the only time in the entire game 17-14 — to pass a major test. If you saw this coming, you should hang out with Tony Romo, Nostradamus in a broadcast booth. But there they were. This rebuilt defense, applying heat from the front with the likes of Crawford, NFL sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and rookie Taco Charlton. Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s rushing leader, ran for just 37 yards. Kansas City was 4for-11 on third-down conversions. Smith, the NFL’s highest-ranked passer, threw his first interception of the season. If Dallas (5-3) is going to stay in the thick of the race, this is the type of defense it will need. “I think we’re starting to get close to the type of defense we “Cam running the ball — that’s our offense,” Panthers guard Trai Turner told USA TODAY Sports. “When I came in, we were doing it. Years later, and we’re still doing it. It starts with No. 1.” Said rookie running back Christian McCaffrey: “He can pretty much do it all. It opens everything for everybody.” Newton also completed 13 of 24 passes for 137 yards. Only three players caught passes. But in a season that has seen injuries snatch away star quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, the pounding Newton takes on a weekly basis will remain a concern. “I’ve been playing like this for a long time,” Newton said when asked about the hits he takes. Although Carolina might like to limit the blows to its star player, Newton’s prowess on designed runs gives Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula flexibility and creativity to dial up effective play calls, often with misdirection. On what was designed to be a handoff in the first quarter, Newton saw a Falcons defender over left tackle Matt Kalil indicating a blitz. Newton changed the play on his own, faking the handoff and keeping the ball on a bootleg for 34 yards for want to be,” linebacker Sean Lee said. More tests await: Next up, Atlanta. Sure, the Falcons are sputtering, but they’ll be at home. Maybe reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Co. are poised for a flashback. Then Philadelphia comes to North Texas. The Eagles, the hottest operation in the NFL, put up 51 points against the Denver Broncos’ top-ranked defense Sunday. No, this road will not get any easier for the Cowboys — especially if they’re without Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas had its star running back in the mix Sunday, after his six-game suspension was put back on hold by an administrative stay ruling Friday — another entry into the saga that is Elliott legally fighting the NFL’s contention that he violated the league’s domestic violence policy. But despite limited practice time, he rushed for 93 yards on 27 carries, with a touchdown, to provide his typical foundation for the Dallas offense. Carolina’s longest rush of the season. “The biggest thing more so than anything is he does his job,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He sees opportunities and he takes them.” An already rough season for Jonathan Stewart continued, as the veteran running back lost two fumbles in a threetouch stretch in the first quarter. After that, McCaffrey took the lead in the backfield, flashing speed and lateral quickness. McCaffrey posted a career-high 66 rushing yards on 15 carries and added a 4-yard TD on a triple-option pitch. Stewart had 21 yards on 11 carries. McCaffrey likely won’t average 20 carries in a game given his frame and early role within the offense. But with Stewart struggling, Carolina might increase the rookie’s role. “You have to account for him,” Turner said of McCaffrey. “You can’t just say, ‘OK, he’s out there, we’re not worried about him.’ He’s a threat. He’s a great back. He’s explosive. He’s fast. What people don’t understand is that he’s able to take a hit and give hits, too.” This was the Panthers’ first game without Kelvin Benjamin after the No. 1 receiver was traded to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. As Newton’s production in the passing game showed, replacing Benja- The Cowboys need to prove they can win games like they did Sunday, when the defense dominated and Dak Prescott played splendidly. Prescott passed for an efficient 249 yards (2 TDs, 0 INTs, 106.8 rating) and had three timely runs (27 yards) that included a 10yard TD scramble and two scampers for first downs. Also, while Dez Bryant caught six passes for 73 yards, it was Terrance Williams with the 100-yard game (9 catches, 141 yards) and Cole Beasley with a pair of TD catches. All that balance on offense, all-around defensive effort, a special-teams lockdown. A complete game, to run the winning streak to four games. After the crazy touchdown before the half — some serious in-game adversity — the Cowboys demonstrated a certain resilience. “Let it go, we can’t change it,” Crawford said of the mindset. “We just have to keep playing.” They’d better keep that mantra in mind. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scores a touchdown in Sunday’s victory. BOB DONNAN/USA TODAY SPORTS min is going to take some time. Receiver Devin Funchess led the Panthers in receiving yards (86) and tied for the most catches (five). McCaffrey was the next-closest player with 28 yards, while Curtis Samuel caught three passes for 23. The Panthers next face the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, with the bye week sandwiched in on Week 11. THERE’S NO OFF SEASON WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING MONEY. Get a quote today. geico.com | 1-800-947-AUTO | Local Office Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. 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According to ESPN’s report, Miller will require more surgeries to repair damaged ligaments in his knee but “the primary concern was saving the leg.” Duchene part of three-team trade The Matt Duchene saga is over, as the Colorado Avalanche have traded him to the Ottawa Senators in a pair of deals that included Kyle Turris going to the Nashville Predators. Duchene joins the Senators as their new No. 1 center, Turris gives the Predators more depth down the middle and the Avalanche push forward with their rebuilding youth movement. Colorado gets top prospects Samuel Girardi and Vladislav Kamenev and a 2018 second-round pick from Nashville and prospect Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond and a 2018 first- and 2019 thirdround picks from Ottawa. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said the Senators first-round pick was top-10 protected. Cantlay gets first win in playoff Patrick Cantlay bogeyed 17 and 18, blew a lead and then rallied to win a three-player playoff and win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas — first first career PGA Tour victory. “It was a grind, just the last few holes,” he said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling.” Cantlay made a par on the sec- Gun Runner rules at Breeders’ Cup There’s a new king in horse racing, and it’s Gun Runner. The 4-year-old colt won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 21⁄4 lengths Saturday, sending rival Arrogate to a third consecutive career-ending defeat at Del Mar. Gun Runner ran 11⁄4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20. Arrogate hasn’t been the same horse since his dominant wins in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this year that made him the sport’s richest Thoroughbred with over $17 million in earnings. The Dubai race was the last time Gun Runner lost. Since then, he has four consecutive victories. Bledsoe showed up the following morning for Phoenix’s shootaround but was sent home by the Suns, and Phoenix has been trying to work out a trade for the unhappy point guard. Miami fan charged Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where a University of Miami football fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head. Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in an email Sunday that Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, has been charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He said the department is reviewing the video to make sure proper procedures were followed in the altercation at Hard Rock Stadium during Miami’s win Saturday over Virginia Tech. According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with other fans and was “using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner” when officers arrived. They say they tried to calm her down and asked her to move to the concourse, but she refused and sat on the steps. From staff and wire reports Suns’ Bledsoe fined for tweet Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe was fined $10,000 by the NBA for his Oct. 22 tweet in which he said, “I Dont wanna be here,” general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed to AZcentral sports Sunday. McDonough declined to comment further. In addition, Yahoo Sports reported that Bledsoe will this week start working out with Suns staff members. There are no plans, however, for Bledsoe to rejoin the team. Bledsoe’s tweet came just hours before the Suns fired coach Earl Watson and replaced him with interim coach Jay Triano. FOR THE RECORD NFL Philadelphia Toronto Brooklyn All Times ET AMERICAN CONFERENCE East New England Buffalo Miami N.Y. Jets South Tennessee Jacksonville Houston Indianapolis North Pittsburgh Baltimore Cincinnati Cleveland West Kansas City Denver L.A. Chargers Oakland Philadelphia Dallas Washington N.Y. Giants South New Orleans Carolina Atlanta Tampa Bay North Minnesota Green Bay Detroit Chicago West L.A. Rams Seattle Arizona San Francisco L 2 3 3 5 T Pct 0 .750 0 .625 0 .571 0 .444 PF 216 174 92 191 PA 179 149 152 207 W 5 5 3 3 L 3 3 5 6 T Pct 0 .625 0 .625 0 .375 0 .333 PF 181 206 229 162 PA 193 117 208 260 W 6 4 3 0 L 2 5 5 8 T Pct 0 .750 0 .444 0 .375 0 .000 PF 167 190 129 119 PA 131 171 158 202 W 6 3 3 3 L 3 5 5 5 T Pct 0 .667 0 .375 0 .375 0 .375 PF 253 150 150 169 PA 208 198 152 190 W 8 5 4 1 L 1 3 4 7 T Pct 0 .889 0 .625 0 .500 0 .125 PF 283 226 177 129 PA 179 178 194 207 W 6 6 4 2 L 2 3 4 6 T Pct 0 .750 0 .667 0 .500 0 .250 PF 221 168 170 158 PA 155 159 172 198 W 6 4 3 3 L 2 3 4 5 T Pct 0 .750 0 .571 0 .429 0 .375 PF 179 164 176 134 PA 135 161 169 171 W 6 5 4 0 L 2 3 4 9 T Pct 0 .750 0 .625 0 .500 0 .000 PF 263 189 139 143 PA 155 149 201 239 Sunday’s Games Jacksonville 23, Cincinnati 7 L.A. Rams 51, N.Y. Giants 17 New Orleans 30, Tampa Bay 10 Carolina 20, Atlanta 17 Tennessee 23, Baltimore 20 Indianapolis 20, Houston 14 Philadelphia 51, Denver 23 Arizona 20, San Francisco 10 Washington 17, Seattle 14 Dallas 28, Kansas City 17 Oakland at Miami Open: Chicago, Minnesota, New England, L.A. Chargers, Cleveland, Pittsburgh Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Thursday’s Game Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. Houston at L.A. Rams, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. Dallas at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Open: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Oakland Monday, Nov. 13 NBA All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division L 2 4 .556 21⁄2 .556 21⁄2 .333 41⁄2 L 4 4 5 5 8 Pct GB .600 — .556 1⁄2 .500 1 .444 11⁄2 .200 4 L 3 5 5 6 6 Pct GB .700 — .500 2 .444 21⁄2 .400 3 .250 4 Central Division W 7 5 4 4 2 Detroit Indiana Milwaukee Cleveland Chicago WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W 8 6 6 5 1 Houston Memphis San Antonio New Orleans Dallas L 3 3 4 5 10 Pct .727 .667 .600 .500 .091 GB — 1 1½ 2½ 7 Northwest Division Minnesota Portland Denver Utah Oklahoma City W 7 5 5 5 4 L 3 4 5 5 4 Pct .700 .556 .500 .500 .500 GB — 1½ 2 2 2 W 7 5 4 4 1 L 3 4 5 6 8 Pct .700 .556 .444 .400 .111 GB — 1½ 2½ 3 5½ Pacific Division Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento Pct GB .800 — .556 21⁄2 Pacific Division GP Los Angeles 14 Vegas 13 San Jose 13 Vancouver 13 Calgary 13 Anaheim 14 Edmonton 13 Arizona 15 W L OT Pts GF GA 10 2 2 22 48 31 9 4 0 18 47 37 8 5 0 16 36 30 7 4 2 16 35 31 7 6 0 14 30 34 6 6 2 14 40 43 4 8 1 9 30 43 2 12 1 5 39 62 Memphis 113, L.A. Clippers 104 Detroit 108, Sacramento 99 Minnesota 112, Dallas 99 New Orleans 96, Chicago 90, OT Golden State 127, Denver 108 Sunday’s Games Atlanta 117, Cleveland 115 Miami 104, L.A. Clippers 101 Boston 104, Orlando 88 Washington 107, Toronto 96 San Antonio 112, Phoenix 95 Houston 137, Utah 110 New York 108, Indiana 101 Minnesota 112, Charlotte 94 Oklahoma City at Portland Memphis at L.A. Lakers Monday’s Games Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Miami at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Tampa Bay Ottawa Toronto Detroit Boston Montreal Florida Buffalo GP 15 14 15 15 12 15 13 14 W 11 6 8 7 5 6 4 4 L OT Pts GF GA 2 2 24 59 42 3 5 17 51 47 7 0 16 57 55 7 1 15 42 41 4 3 13 34 37 8 1 13 41 55 7 2 10 47 56 8 2 10 35 53 Metropolitan Division Columbus New Jersey Pittsburgh N.Y. Islnders Phildelphia Washington N.Y. Rangrs Carolina GP 14 12 16 14 15 14 15 12 W 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 4 L OT Pts GF GA 4 1 19 48 38 3 0 18 45 37 6 2 18 42 58 5 1 17 54 46 6 2 16 47 43 6 1 15 43 46 7 2 14 47 52 5 3 11 32 37 St. Louis Winnipeg Colorado Dallas Nashville Chicago Minnesota GP 15 13 14 14 14 15 12 W 11 7 8 8 7 7 5 L OT Pts GF GA 3 1 23 50 36 3 3 17 42 39 6 0 16 48 47 6 0 16 41 39 5 2 16 37 41 6 2 16 43 36 5 2 12 37 35 2 1 7 9 7 13 8 4 22 4 Saturday’s results STOKE 2, Leicester 2 HUDDERSFIELD 1, West Brom 0 SWANSEA 0, Brighton 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0, Burnley 1 NEWCASTLE 0, Bournemouth 1 WEST HAM 1, Liverpool 4 TOTTENHAM 1, Crystal Palace 0 MAN CITY 3, Arsenal 1 EVERTON 3, Watford 2 CHELSEA 1, Man United 0 Vegas 5, Ottawa 4 N.Y. Rangers 5, Florida 4, OT Montreal 5, Winnipeg 4, OT Washington 3, Boston 2 St. Louis 6, Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 5, Columbus 4, SO Colorado 5, Philadelphia 4, SO Chicago 2, Minnesota 0 Dallas 5, Buffalo 1 Arizona 2, Carolina 1, SO Vancouver 4, Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 4, Los Angeles 3, OT San Jose 2, Anaheim 1, SO Saturday’s games Arsenal vs. Tottenham, 7:30 a.m. Burnley vs. Swansea, 10 a.m. Leicester vs. Man City, 10 a.m. Liverpool vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Crystal Palace vs. Everton, 10 a.m. West Brom vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Bournemouth vs. Huddersfield, 10 a.m. Man United vs. Newcastle, 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Detroit 4, Edmonton 0 N.Y. Islanders 6, Colorado 4 Montreal 2, Chicago 0 New Jersey at Calgary COLLEGE FOOTBALL AP Top 25 Monday’s Games Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m. Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m. Vegas at Toronto, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Vancouver, 10 p.m. SOCCER Major League Soccer Playoffs All Times ET Conference Semifinals Home-and-home First leg Eastern Conference Oct. 30: Toronto 2, New York 1 Oct. 31: Columbus 4, New York City FC 1 Western Conference Oct. 29: Vancouver 0, Seattle 0, tie Oct. 30: Portland 0, Houston 0, tie Second leg Eastern Conference Sunday: New York 1, Toronto 0, Toronto advances on away goals Sunday: New York City FC 2, Columbus 0, Columbus advances on aggregate 4-3 Western Conference Thursday: Seattle 2, Vancouver 0, Seattle advances 2-0 Sunday: Houston 2, Portland 1, Houston advances on aggregate, 2-1 NHL Swansea 11 2 Crystal Palace 11 1 Home teams in CAPS Sunday’s results Saturday’s Games Saturday’s Games WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. W 8 5 W 6 5 5 4 2 Orlando Washington Charlotte Miami Atlanta Monday’s Game Boston New York 4 4 6 Southeast Division W 6 5 4 4 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East 5 5 3 Conference Championships Eastern Conference First leg Tuesday, Nov. 21: Toronto at Columbus, 8 p.m. Second leg Tuesday, Nov. 28 or Wednesday, Nov. 29: Columbus at Toronto, TBD Western Conference First leg Tuesday, Nov. 21: Houston at Seattle, 10 p.m. Second leg Thursday, Nov. 30: Seattle at Houston, 10 p.m. English Premier League All Times ET Man City Man United Tottenham Chelsea Liverpool Arsenal Burnley Brighton Watford Huddersfield Newcastle Leicester Southampton Stoke Everton West Brom Bournemouth West Ham GP 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 W 10 7 7 7 5 6 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 D 1 2 2 1 4 1 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 3 2 4 1 3 L 0 2 2 3 2 4 2 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 6 5 7 6 GF 38 23 20 19 21 20 10 11 17 8 10 16 9 13 10 9 7 11 GA 7 5 7 10 17 16 9 11 21 13 10 16 11 22 22 14 14 23 Pts 31 23 23 22 19 19 19 15 15 15 14 13 13 12 11 10 10 9 The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 4, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25thplace vote, and previous ranking: W-L Pts Pv 1. Alabama (56) 9-0 1520 1 2. Georgia (5) 9-0 1468 2 3. Notre Dame 8-1 1357 5 4. Clemson 8-1 1289 6 5. Oklahoma 8-1 1258 8 6. Wisconsin 9-0 1256 4 7. Miami 8-0 1220 9 8. TCU 8-1 1087 10 9. Washington 8-1 1061 12 10. Auburn 7-2 875 16 11. Ohio State 7-2 781 3 12. Okla. State 7-2 766 11 13. Mich. State 7-2 760 24 14. UCF 8-0 736 15 15. Southern Cal 8-2 718 17 16. Penn St. 7-2 717 7 17. Va. Tech 7-2 537 13 18. Miss. State 7-2 464 21 19. Wash. State 8-2 420 25 20. Memphis 8-1 376 22 21. Michigan 7-2 184 NR 22. S. Florida 8-1 177 NR 23. W. Virginia 6-3 163 NR 24. Iowa St. 6-3 155 14 25. Iowa 6-3 147 NR Others receiving votes: LSU 142, NC State 101, Toledo 31, Stanford 22, Boise State 14, Arizona 14, Northwestern 6, Army 2, San Diego State 1. AUTO RACING NASCAR Monster Energy Cup-AAA Texas 500 At Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Lap length: 1.50 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (3) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 334 laps, 0 rating, 59 points. 2. (7) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 334, 0, 51. 3. (2) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 334, 0, 47. 4. (35) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 334, 0, 40. 5. (10) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 334, 0, 32. 6. (8) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 334, 0, 42. 7. (36) Joey Logano, Ford, 334, 0, 30. 8. (34) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 334, 0, 35. 9. (1) Kurt Busch, Ford, 334, 0, 38. 10. (4) Erik Jones, Toyota, 334, 0, 34. 11. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 334, 0, 26. 12. (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 334, 0, 25. 13. (15) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 334, 0, 27. 14. (6) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 334, 0, 24. 15. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 334, 0, 22. 16. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 334, 0, 21. 17. (14) Danica Patrick, Ford, 333, 0, 20. 18. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 333, 0, 19. 19. (5) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 333, 0, 18. 20. (25) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 333, 0, 17. 21. (23) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 333, 0, 16. 22. (26) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 333, 0, 15. 23. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 332, 0, 14. 24. (27) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 332, 0, 13. 25. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 332, 0, 12. 26. (22) Landon Cassill, Ford, 331, 0, 11. 27. (9) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 331, 0, 10. 28. (37) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 330, 0, 9. 29. (29) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 330, 0, 8. 30. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 329, 0, 7. 31. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 325, 0, 6. 32. (30) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 322, 0, 0. 33. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 322, 0, 4. 34. (31) Ray Black Jr, Chevrolet, 305, 0, 0. 35. (17) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 304, 0, 2. 36. (20) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 303, 0, 1. 37. (11) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, accident, 282, 0, 18. 38. (33) David Starr, Chevrolet, accident, 237, 0, 0. 39. (39) Corey Lajoie, Toyota, engine, 227, 0, 1. 40. (40) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, engine, 159, 0, 1. 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LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Recalled C Thomas Bryant from South Bay (NBAGL). HOCKEY National Hockey League ARIZONA COYOTES — Recalled D Joel Hanley from Tucson (AHL). CALGARY FLAMES — Placed D Travis Hamonic on injured reserve, retroactive to Thursday. Recalled D Rasmus Andersson from Stockton (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Recalled D Kristofers Bindulis from South Carolina (ECHL) to Hershey (AHL). SPORTS ON TV Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings. HORSE RACING: Melbourne Cup, in Melbourne, Australia (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.) NFL: Detroit at Green Bay (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.) GOLF PGA Tour - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open At TPC Summerlin Las Vegas Purse: $6.8 million Yardage: 7,255; Par: 71 Final (x-won on second hole of playoff) x-Patrick Cantlay (500), $1,224,000.................67-71-70-67—275 (-9) Alex Cejka (245), $598,400 ...............................66-74-72-63—275 (-9) Whee Kim (245), $598,400 ...............................65-72-72-66—275 (-9) Patton Kizzire (115), $281,067..........................70-66-76-64—276 (-8) J.T. Poston (115), $281,067 ................................69-71-70-66—276 (-8) Chesson Hadley (115), $281,067.....................74-65-69-68—276 (-8) Bryson DeChambeau (85), $211,933 ..............67-72-71-67—277 (-7) Tom Hoge (85), $211,933 ..................................68-73-67-69—277 (-7) Beau Hossler (85), $211,933.............................69-69-66-73—277 (-7) Alex Kang, $150,733 ..........................................70-73-71-64—278 (-6) Graeme McDowell (64), $150,733...................70-70-72-66—278 (-6) Aaron Baddeley (64), $150,733 .......................70-66-74-68—278 (-6) William McGirt (64), $150,733.........................68-73-69-68—278 (-6) A.J. McInerney, $150,733 ...................................71-70-70-67—278 (-6) J.J. Spaun (64), $150,733 ...................................66-65-73-74—278 (-6) Tony Finau (52), $112,200 .................................69-69-69-72—279 (-5) Talor Gooch (52), $112,200 ..............................71-67-77-64—279 (-5) Charley Hoffman (48), $98,600........................68-71-71-70—280 (-4) Gary Woodland (48), $98,600.........................73-67-68-72—280 (-4) Kevin Chappell (35), $61,483............................67-71-75-68—281 (-3) Jason Kokrak (35), $61,483...............................67-75-71-68—281 (-3) Adam Schenk (35), $61,483 ..............................68-74-70-69—281 (-3) Webb Simpson (35), $61,483...........................70-73-69-69—281 (-3) Ryan Armour (35), $61,483................................68-74-72-67—281 (-3) Ryan Blaum (35), $61,483..................................66-74-72-69—281 (-3) Sam Burns, $61,483 ............................................68-74-72-67—281 (-3) Austin Cook (35), $61,483 .................................73-70-70-68—281 (-3) Brandon Harkins (35), $61,483.........................68-70-73-70—281 (-3) Stephan Jaeger (35), $61,483..........................69-68-76-68—281 (-3) Luke List (35), $61,483.........................................71-70-70-70—281 (-3) Trey Mullinax (35), $61,483...............................73-69-69-70—281 (-3) Robert Garrigus (20), $35,284..........................70-65-77-70—282 (-2) Peter Malnati (20), $35,284...............................67-72-74-69—282 (-2) Nick Taylor (20), $35,284 ...................................69-71-74-68—282 (-2) Aaron Wise (20), $35,284..................................73-69-70-70—282 (-2) Byeong Hun An (20), $35,284...........................72-70-69-71—282 (-2) Luke Donald (20), $35,284 ................................72-70-73-67—282 (-2) Scott Piercy (20), $35,284...................................69-74-68-71—282 (-2) Ethan Tracy (20), $35,284..................................71-72-73-66—282 (-2) Kevin Tway (20), $35,284...................................68-71-71-72—282 (-2) Martin Flores (13), $24,480 ...............................71-71-70-71—283 (-1) Brandon Hagy (13), $24,480.............................69-72-71-71—283 (-1) Jim Knous, $24,480.............................................71-71-73-68—283 (-1) Seamus Power (13), $24,480 ............................69-71-71-72—283 (-1) Scott Stallings (13), $24,480..............................73-70-68-72—283 (-1) Jimmy Stanger, $24,480 .....................................67-75-74-67—283 (-1) Kelly Kraft (9), $18,292.........................................67-65-79-73—284 (E) Rod Pampling (9), $18,292 .................................70-73-72-69—284 (E) Ben Silverman (9), $18,292 .................................69-73-76-66—284 (E) Brett Stegmaier (9), $18,292 ...............................67-76-71-70—284 (E) Ernie Els (7), $16,003..........................................69-71-71-74—285 (+1) Anirban Lahiri (7), $16,003...............................69-72-71-73—285 (+1) Bubba Watson (7), $16,003.............................72-71-71-71—285 (+1) Richy Werenski (7), $16,003 .............................74-68-73-70—285 (+1) Troy Merritt (7), $16,003....................................70-69-70-76—285 (+1) Ryan Moore (7), $16,003...................................69-71-71-74—285 (+1) John Huh (5), $15,028 .......................................66-73-71-76—286 (+2) David Lingmerth (5), $15,028..........................71-69-75-71—286 (+2) Jesse Mueller, $15,028 ......................................70-73-70-73—286 (+2) Sam Saunders (5), $15,028 ..............................68-70-75-73—286 (+2) Brian Stuard (5), $15,028..................................70-71-69-76—286 (+2) Daniel Summerhays (5), $15,028....................67-75-75-69—286 (+2) Scott Brown (4), $14,348 ...................................73-70-73-71—287 (+3) Derek Fathauer (4), $14,348 ............................68-75-73-71—287 (+3) Ryan Hogue, $14,348........................................68-73-75-71—287 (+3) Harold Varner III (4), $14,348 ..........................70-72-72-73—287 (+3) Kevin Streelman (4), $14,008...........................72-70-75-71—288 (+4) Corey Conners (3), $13,668 ..............................70-71-74-74—289 (+5) Brian Davis (3), $13,668 ....................................70-71-75-73—289 (+5) Roberto D?az (3), $13,668 ...............................69-72-71-77—289 (+5) Shawn Stefani (3), $13,668 ..............................69-73-74-73—289 (+5) Chad Campbell (3), $13,192 ...........................75-68-75-72—290 (+6) Russell Knox (3), $13,192 ..................................69-73-75-73—290 (+6) Michael Thompson (3), $13,192 ......................69-70-77-74—290 (+6) Geoff Ogilvy (2), $12,852 .................................71-72-77-71—291 (+7) Camilo Villegas (2), $12,852............................72-71-72-76—291 (+7) Retief Goosen (2), $12,580 ..............................71-71-78-72—292 (+8) James Hahn (2), $12,580..................................72-71-73-76—292 (+8) LPGA Tour - Toto Japan Open At Taiheiyo Club (Minori Course) Ibaraki, Japan Purse:, $1.5 million Yardage: 6,608; Par: 72 Final Shanshan Feng, $225,000 ...................................66-63-68—197 (-19) Ai Suzuki, $137,536................................................66-65-68—199 (-17) Anna Nordqvist, $99,772 .....................................67-68-66—201 (-15) Lizette Salas, $77,182............................................66-69-68—203 (-13) Sarah Jane Smith, $40,716 ..................................71-67-66—204 (-12) Moriya Jutanugarn, $40,716 ...............................71-67-66—204 (-12) Mi Hyang Lee, $40,716 .........................................68-70-66—204 (-12) Minjee Lee, $40,716...............................................70-67-67—204 (-12) Mamiko Higa, $40,716 .........................................69-68-67—204 (-12) Lydia Ko, $40,716...................................................68-68-68—204 (-12) Ayaka Watanabe, $40,716..................................68-67-69—204 (-12) Serena Aoki, $24,748.............................................71-67-67—205 (-11) Sei Young Kim, $24,748 .........................................67-70-68—205 (-11) Charley Hull, $24,748 ............................................70-64-71—205 (-11) In Gee Chun, $18,256 ............................................69-70-67—206 (-10) Angel Yin, $18,256.................................................69-69-68—206 (-10) Jiyai Shin, $18,256 .................................................73-64-69—206 (-10) Saki Takeo, $18,256 ..............................................69-68-69—206 (-10) Jane Park, $18,256 ................................................66-71-69—206 (-10) Teresa Lu, $18,256..................................................69-67-70—206 (-10) Pei-Ying Tsai, $18,256............................................68-68-70—206 (-10) Stacy Lewis, $18,256..............................................68-67-71—206 (-10) Min-Young Lee, $18,256 .......................................66-68-72—206 (-10) Sun-Ju Ahn, $14,119.................................................69-69-69—207 (-9) Chae-Young Yoon, $14,119 ....................................67-71-69—207 (-9) Yukari Nishiyama, $14,119.....................................68-69-70—207 (-9) Momoko Ueda, $14,119 .........................................69-66-72—207 (-9) Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu, $11,837 .....................74-67-67—208 (-8) Megan Khang, $11,837..........................................72-68-68—208 (-8) Jeong Eun Lee, $11,837 ..........................................70-69-69—208 (-8) Caroline Masson, $11,837 ......................................68-70-70—208 (-8) Saiki Fujita, $11,837 .................................................66-72-70—208 (-8) Marina Alex, $8,919.................................................75-68-66—209 (-7) Shoko Sasaki, $8,919 ...............................................73-67-69—209 (-7) Lexi Thompson, $8,919............................................68-72-69—209 (-7) Jodi Ewart Shadoff, $8,919 .....................................71-68-70—209 (-7) Ritsuko Ryu, $8,919 ...................................................70-69-70—209 (-7) Eri Okayama, $8,919 ...............................................70-68-71—209 (-7) Nasa Hataoka, $8,919 ............................................66-71-72—209 (-7) Brittany Altomare, $8,919.......................................68-68-73—209 (-7) So Yeon Ryu, $8,919 .................................................68-68-73—209 (-7) Austin Ernst, $6,796..................................................73-69-68—210 (-6) Brooke M. Henderson, $6,796................................71-69-70—210 (-6) Chella Choi, $6,796 ..................................................69-71-70—210 (-6) Karine Icher, $6,796..................................................69-69-72—210 (-6) Kana Mikashima, $5,622 ........................................73-70-68—211 (-5) Misuzu Narita, $5,622 .............................................69-74-68—211 (-5) Hee-Kyung Bae, $5,622...........................................74-68-69—211 (-5) Michelle Wie, $5,622................................................76-65-70—211 (-5) Rie Tsuji, $5,622.........................................................73-68-70—211 (-5) Eun-Hee Ji, $5,622 ....................................................68-71-72—211 (-5) European Tour - Turkish Airlines Open At Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort Antalya, Turkey Purse: $7 million Yardage: 7,159; Par: 71 Final Justin Rose, England.................................................69-68-64-65—266 Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium......................................64-64-73-66—267 Dylan Frittelli, South Africa.......................................70-67-66-64—267 Padraig Harrington, Ireland....................................65-72-64-67—268 Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark ...................................69-68-66-66—269 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand.............................66-67-66-71—270 Eddie Pepperell, England.........................................66-66-71-67—270 Shane Lowry, Ireland ................................................68-66-65-72—271 Julian Suri, United States..........................................68-70-66-67—271 Fabrizio Zanotti, Paraguay .....................................72-66-67-66—271 Matthew Fitzpatrick, England .................................69-65-70-68—272 Thomas Pieters, Belgium ..........................................69-67-66-70—272 Matthew Southgate, England ................................69-65-69-69—272 Peter Uihlein, United States.....................................69-67-68-69—273 Paul Waring, England...............................................70-69-67-67—273 Stephen Gallacher, Scotland...................................69-65-69-71—274 Tyrrell Hatton, England .............................................67-70-71-66—274 Joost Luiten, Netherlands .........................................64-73-67-70—274 Callum Shinkwin, England .......................................71-67-67-69—274 6C ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS E2 Victory tradition muted out of respect FORT WORTH — Kevin Harvick’s victory lane celebration Sunday lacked something that has been tradition at Texas Motor Speedway: the celebratory firing of a pair of pistols into the air. Track President Eddie Gossage told USA TODAY Sports the decision was made out of respect for the 26 people killed at a church outside San Antonio. “In light of what happened, it was the respectful thing to do,” Gossage said. The six-shooter celebration has been a part of most race celebrations since the track opened in 1997. The celebration has come under scrutiny before, including when some questioned the National Rifle Association’s sponsorship relationship with the track after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. A.J. Perez With Sunday’s victory, Kevin Harvick will seek his second NASCAR Cup title on Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He won it in 2014. JEROME MIRON/USA TODAY SPORTS NASCAR Continued from Page 1C The pit crew for Brad Keselowski works on his car after it made contact with another car at the start of Sunday’s race. JEROME MIRON/USA TODAY SPORTS to get back to fifth. I’m happy for that.” Keselowski has a 19-point lead on Denny Hamlin, who is fifth in the standings entering next Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. Hamlin, who finished third Sunday, and Ryan Blaney (22 points behind Keselowski) are certainly within striking distance. The two Hendrick Motorsports drivers (Chase Elliott and seventime champ Jimmie Johnson), however, will likely need to win at Phoenix to secure a spot in the finals. Elliott started 34th after his car failed to clear technical inspection and didn’t make a qualifying run Friday. He rallied to finish eighth but is 49 points behind Keselowski. “We just never really hit on it,” Elliott said. “It was a very frustrating afternoon. We’ll just go on to Phoenix. We are going to try to get a victory and go on to Homestead.” Johnson, who had won for the seventh time on this 1.5-mile oval in April, started ninth and slowly drifted back in the pack as the race wore on. He finished in 27th place, three laps down. Johnson has won four times at Phoenix, but not since 2009. “In places where we expect to run well and traditionally do, we haven’t,” Johnson said. “(But) one thing this team will never do is give up.” Marathon Continued from Page 1C gium. Naert briefly led the men’s race before cramping dropped him to eighth, fighting his way over the finish line with gritted teeth and tortured calf muscles. “What happened at the beginning of this week affected my country very seriously,” Naert said. Ann-Laure Decadt, a Belgian mother of two, was one of the victims, while another Belgian woman, Marion Van Reeth, lost both of her legs in the incident. “Everyone is hurting because of that,” Naert added. “I ran with those thoughts in my heart. Every single runner here runs for those people who died. It was such a special race for that reason.” The crowds turned out in vast numbers, but it wasn’t one of those displays of overt patriotism, full of waving flags and “U-S-A.” It was more a celebration of the New York way of life, and it felt just right. The encouragement from the roadside was heartfelt and genuine and mixed with that inimitable brand of Big Apple humor. The signs were humorous, the energy was upbeat, the banter bitingly sarcastic. It was the best response possible. New York showed up, was not muted or subdued, while remaining aware of the struggles yet determined not to be quieted by them. It inspired Shirley Smith, a motherof-two from Newark who was in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday but did not hear of the attack until she returned home that evening. She had been to the marathon in the past but didn’t plan to this time. “Then I changed my mind,” Smith said. “If the purpose of terrorism is to provoke fear, then you have it within you Fans cheer and support the competitors Sunday during the TCS New York City Marathon. VINCENT CARCHIETTA/USA TODAY SPORTS power to defy that. That’s what every runner is doing, and if you can give them a tiny lift with your encouragement, why wouldn’t you?” Perhaps the biggest indicator of what emotion this marathon generated is that it inspired even those who inspire others. Meb Keflezghi is 42, is the USA’s best known marathon runner and placed 11th in the final race of his career. After crossing the finishing line and allowing himself a satisfied smile, Keflezighi’s thoughts turned to the past week, rather than the last 15 years of running. “I feel like New York is my city,” said Keflezighi, who lives in San Diego. “Everybody (running) did, and we wanted to protect it. We’ll go on with our life. “Life and marathons are a journey, but sports is a celebration. This made us appreciate life. We have to move on, somehow, someway.” New York will, you can be sure of that. Based on the evidence of Sunday morning, it already has. “We always need a reason to smile in tough times, and hopefully (this) can bring a few smiles to people’s faces.” Shalane Flanagan Women’s champion K1 USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ SECTION D IN LIFE 17 blockbusters and counting The definitive ranking of all the Marvel movies. 2D ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’ “I give you: Sexy Corn!” and other one-liners. 3D ‘Thor’ is roaring like thunder PARAMOUNT PICTURES LIFELINE Director Q&A, hair stylin’, boffo box office. 4-5D MOVIES HOW WAS YOUR DAY? PATTON OSWALT Congratulations! The comedian married actress/writer Meredith Salenger on Saturday in Los Angeles. “True GREGG DEGUIRE/ love. True happiWIREIMAGE ness. Forever and Always. The Oswalts,” the bride wrote on Instagram with a couple of photos of her new family: husband Patton and his daughter with his late wife, Michelle McNamara. Adam (Miles Teller) returns home to his wife (Haley Bennett), but he has brought the war with him. FRANCOIS DUHAMEL, AP FILMMAGIC; GETTY IMAGES IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY WHO’S CELEBRATING TODAY Sally Field is 71. Ethan Hawke is 47. Emma Stone is 29. War dramas take a stark, timely look at patriotism STYLE STAR ROWAN BLANCHARD Patrick Ryan The ‘Girl Meets World’ star looked glamorous in Gucci at the LACMA Art + Film Gala Saturday in Los Angeles. She wore the militarymeets-floral ensemble at the event honoring artist Mark Bradford and filmmaker George Lucas. What is the cost of patriotism? That’s the weighty question posed by two timely new dramas depicting the war at home: Thank You for Your Service (now showing) follows two young soldiers (Miles Teller and Beulah Koale) suffering from PTSD upon returning from Iraq. And Last Flag Flying (now in New York and Los Angeles, expands nationwide Nov. 17) is a road-trip movie about three Vietnam War veterans (Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne) who reunite to bury one of their Marine sons. The latter is adapted from Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel and directed by Richard Linklater. Much like the filmmaker’s signature movie Dazed and Confused, most of Last Flag is spent with Larry (Carell), Sal (Cranston) and Mueller (Fishburne) shooting the JASON LAVERIS/ FILMMAGIC USA TODAY breeze and swapping stories, airing their grievances about the Iraq War and their time in the service, and mulling whether to forgo a military burial for Larry’s son as an act of protest. “I didn’t want it to be false heroism,” Linklater says. When you’re a soldier, “you’re at the bottom of the heap, so there’s a lot of (complaining) and moaning,” and many feel underappreciated when they come home. But Last Flag’s central trio ultimately agrees to move forward with a military funeral, because “when it comes down to that moment of tragedy and the ultimate sacrifice Larry Jr. has made, they’re going to respect him,” Linklater says. “They put their own politics aside.” Thank You explores a similarly complicated relationship with patriotism, telling the true story of Adam Schumann (Teller) and “Solo” Aeiti (Koale) as they struggle to readjust to civilian life. Stretches of the film are spent in therapy sessions and veterans hospitals, where the characters are met by inattentive staff and long waits for treatment. “It’s such a big part of what these guys return to,” says writer/director Jason Hall (American Sniper). The movie’s title is also meant to rebuff that colloquialism people trot out when they greet veterans. “ ‘Thank you for your service’ is a downright cop-out,” Hall says. For soldiers, the act of “coming home is equally heroic, and we need to find a way to help them do that.” Darker facets of heroism in recent war movies such American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty could resonate more deeply this fall, given the hundreds of athletes who have protested racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, and recent claims that President Trump told a soldier’s widow her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Says Hall, “We don’t have a grasp of what these guys go through, and that rings clear.” BOOK REVIEW ‘Water’: Worry, worry everywhere STUART C. WILSON/GETTY IMAGES Zlati Meyer CAUGHT IN THE ACT PADDINGTON & PALS ‘Paddington 2’ actors Hugh Bonneville and Hugh Grant join their film’s title star at the sequel’s London premiere Sunday at BFI Southbank. The movie opens in U.S. theaters in January. USA SNAPSHOTS© 78% of Americans frequently have a snack or mini meal before dinner. SOURCE Sabra Unofficial Meal Survey of 1,000 adults. Mike B. Smith; Veronica Bravo/USA TODAY USA TODAY Miami’s Art Deco buildings have retained their beauty. Fancy cars owned by multimillionaires who made it big in real estate are parked beside palatial homes and exclusive shopping districts. The Magic City, so dubbed for its stratospheric growth, is still a popular tourist attraction. And the visiting outof-towners are bringing scuba gear to go diving in the streets. That’s how Jeff Goo- Jeff dell envisions Miami’s Goodell demise in The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown, 352 pp., eeeE out of four), a journalistic take on what will happen to the world’s coastal regions as climate change elevates sea levels. After a prologue titled “Atlantis” that creates a new literary genre of speculative non-fiction, Goodell dives into a wonky but vivid mix of science, history and sociology. A comically sad lesson on how hucksters transformed the Sunshine State into the Boomville we know today bleeds into the author’s trip to Greenland for ice testing, then to the woes of Alaskan coastal com- munities, back to South Florida (one chapter is titled “Miami Is Drowning”) and out again to the wider world. Goodell dips his toe into the lessons to be learned from Venice, Italy, and the Netherlands — and into the spreading concern in post-Hurricane Sandy New York City and Norfolk, Va., home to a huge chunk of the United States’ naval power. Readers even get a glimpse of Nigeria’s rising-water coping strategies, which include a floating school (which later collapsed) and an entire community built on stilts. Billions of dollars will be spent — to either slow down the seas’ approach or to relocate people and assets in their way. The coming economic apocalypse is worse than anything Noah warned about, according to the author. “As our planet changes, so will we,” Goodell warns. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a fellow at the Washington, D.C., think tank New America, Goodell talks about climate change and what it means to every person on the planet in a way that will engage even the non-Nova crowd. Yet at times the book is repetitive. Amid swirls of statistics come the same points over and over: Fossil fuels get much of the blame. Millions of people will be displaced. Policymakers move at a glacial pace. Real estate developers refuse to heed warnings. (“My biggest fear is mayhem — the Mad Max response,” one of them is quoted as saying.) People who believe in climate change will find themselves nodding and tsktsking as they zip through this easy-toread volume. Global warming skeptics might want to invest in some diving gear. LIFE 2D ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY MOVIES Marvel’s marvels, definitively ranked moral code that created an intriguing thread for his next two movies. Brian Truitt USA TODAY With 17 blockbuster movies and counting since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has created a cosmos of big stars. So where does Thor: Ragnarok (now showing) fit into this superhero saga? Here’s the definitive ranking of all the Marvel movies so far: 5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 They had us at “Kurt Russell plays a living planet.” The gravy is everything else: adorable Baby Groot dancing in the middle of a space battle, Dave Bautista’s Drax being the buff, oddball voice of reason, and Michael Rooker’s space outlaw Yondu stealing the show. 17. Iron Man 2 2010 Let’s accentuate the positive: The sequel gave us Scarlett Johansson’s sleek secret agent Black Widow and put Don Cheadle in the War Machine armor. Everything else was a scattershot mess with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) taking on the wholly underwhelming villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke). 16. The Incredible Hulk 2008 Before ultimately being replaced in other movies by Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton starred as scientist Bruce Banner in this odd duck from the nascent MCU. This mostly forgettable affair exists to serve as a reminder that we still deserve a good solo Hulk film one day. 15. Iron Man 3 2013 The results are only so-so as Stark tussles with PTSD, criminally underused antagonist Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and yawn-worthy villain Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). The threequel also proved that, yes, too many armored suits are a bad thing — heck, even Gwyneth Paltrow gets one. 14. Thor: The Dark World 2013 Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god has a sequel that’s a blender of familiar fantasy tropes as Thor and love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) have to deal with a dark elf with an Infinity Stone. Tom Hiddleston’s iconic trickster Loki is in fine form and the film’s highlight in every way. 13. Thor 2011 Not Marvel’s greatest solo movie, but certainly one that takes some admirable swings. A quasi-family drama that boots 4. The Avengers 2012 Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) supports his fellow soldiers in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” JAY MAIDMENT Thor from the realm of Asgard to Earth in fish-out-of-water fashion so he can be worthy of his mystical hammer Mjolnir. 12. Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Bursting with a packed ensemble, it’s lacking the superteam mojo of the first Avengers. Only when we see Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and his secret home life do we get that great Joss Whedon touch. Also: Bless James Spader’s heart for being the world’s snarkiest killer robot. 11. Thor: Ragnarok 2017 Thor and Hulk make a dynamic duo in the best Thor solo film (and funniest Marvel project), and anything with the two of them is magic. It’s just too bad the larger narrative featuring a hostile takeover by goddess of death Hela (Cate Blanchett) takes a backseat to the various shenanigans. 10. Doctor Strange 2016 Benedict Cumberbatch gets a fantastically weird and trippy introduction to the MCU as a sorcerer supreme who goes from rich jerk to humbled hero. It’s a magical version of Iron Man’s origin and some gags are overly goofy, yet the filmmaking wizardry and effects are second to none. 9. Ant-Man 2015 The heist comedy with a supershrinking dude was a bigger risk than Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are great together, though, and Marvel gave us something we hadn’t seen yet: a hero who’s also an ex-con dad. 8. Iron Man 2008 The beginning, the kickoff, the OG. A crew of Avengers was probably still a pipe dream for fans and most of Hollywood when Downey first put on the Iron Man suit, but from the start, the signature swagger, attitude and swig of humility he gave Stark set the tone for everything that was to come. 7. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can — and when you’re the new version of the teen webslinger played by Tom Holland, you also deal with balancing extracurriculars, getting a date for the big homecoming dance, trying to impress Tony Stark and fighting the Vulture in an epic youngadult adventure. 6. Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 Marvel nailed the origin story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the little guy whose heart was bigger than his biceps until a super-soldier serum pumped him up. It offered a great World War II aesthetic, two-fisted adventure and a Whedon’s jam-packed ensemble lived up to its giant-size expectations. While the heroes-batting-each-other trope is starting to get played out, the excitement is palpable, and fanboy hearts melt when hammers and shield fly as Iron Man, Cap and Thor meet. 3. Captain America: Civil War 2016 Personal and political stakes are at play as Cap chooses his best friend (and brainwashed assassin) over Iron Man, blowing up the Avengers dynamic. Plus, the best superhero battle of them all and memorable intros for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Holland). 2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Fantastic tunes, a strange cast of characters that works, and a story where you’re hooked on a bunch of feelings, from the emotions of young Peter Quill crying over his dying mother to the hilarity of grown-up Peter (Chris Pratt) explaining Footloose to new pal Gamora (Zoe Saldana). We are Groot, indeed. 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 More political thriller than superhero blockbuster, Captain America’s second solo film — and the best Marvel jam of them all — taps into timely themes of privacy concerns, an enemy growing from within, and military might used in ethically questionable ways. Come for the timeliness, stay for Cap wrecking a bunch of guys in an elevator. TELEVISION One war story, told on many fronts ‘Long Road Home’ looks at a single day in Iraq Jacqueline Cutler Special for USA TODAY It was a long road home — for everyone. National Geographic’s The Long Road Home (Tuesday, 9 ET/PT) tells the story of one battle in the Iraq War from multiple perspectives — of the American soldiers who fought, of their families back home and of Iraqis who were involved. Each of the eight episodes focuses on an individual and that person’s point of view on April 4, 2004, the day of the battle in Iraq’s Sadr City. “It captures the soldiers and the families as everyday people and as everyday Americans,” says ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, who wrote the best seller on which the serie is based. “They are human beings who have to make split-second decisions about themselves and their brothers and sisters. “Everything they do is a risk, and they rise to it,” she says. “ This is the history of war captured in these eight hours. I hope people around the world understand ... what it means so they can have a voice in their own country and understand that sometimes there is absolutely no choice.” In early 2004, the U.S. Army was in the Sadr City section of Baghdad to help, or so the soldiers thought. Sadr City, population 2.5 million, was considered “the safest place in Iraq,” and being deployed there meant the sort of duty many soldiers found boring. These men from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment had arrived in Iraq on March 31; by April 4, they were in the cross hairs of insurgents’ AK-47s. A 19-man platoon had been dispatched on its usual sanitation security duty, accompanying workers hosing off the sewage steaming in the streets. Suddenly, the streets emptied. The silence was shocking. Then the real shock came. Insur- Eric Bourquin (Jon Beavers, left) and Ben Hayhurst (Patrick Schwarzenegger) take cover. VAN REDIN/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Executive producer Mike Medavoy and journalist/author Martha Raddatz. STEWART VOLLAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC gents, in houses and on rooftops, started firing at the Americans. The platoon sought shelter in a house and called for rescue, but the convoys trying to reach them became ensnared in their own firefights. Eight American soldiers and hundreds of Iraqis were killed on “Black Sunday”; 65 Americans and an unknown number of Iraqis were wounded. This battle made it clear that the U.S. military was no longer simply trying to stabilize and promote peace in Iraq a year after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein; it was fighting an insurgency. Over the yearlong deployment, an additional 160 soldiers of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division died. On April 4, however, the mission was to extract the trapped platoon, recover the dead and rescue the injured. “From my perspective, the story is both specific and universal at the same time, and I think those are stories I always respond to,” says Carolyn Bernstein, National Geographic’s executive vice president for global scripted development and production. “And from a Nat Geo perspective, it fits the bill as well: a very specific story about a specific incident during the Iraq War that took place in eight hours.” The Long Road Home also showcases the women left behind on a grassy patch at Fort Hood, Texas, the country’s largest active-duty Army base, where National Geographic was allowed to build a rambling set. Just as the men formed a deep brotherhood, the women of Fort Hood forged a sisterhood. The actors playing the soldiers and those portraying their wives all reached out to their real-life counterparts, as showrunner and writer Mikko Alanne suggested. “It’s the importance of the truth, the everyday reality of the people,” says Kate Bosworth, who plays Gina Denomy. “The truth is where you meet someone and bare your soul.” Jason Ritter, who plays her husband, Capt. Troy Denomy, says: “I think we all had this sense that whatever we were doing was infinitesimal compared to what the real guys were doing. That level of humility. It’s not coming in and saying, ‘I have seen a lot of war movies.’ ” LIFE USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 3D THEATER ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’: OMG, it’s so fetch Cara Kelly USA TODAY Get in, losers: We’re going to Broadway. But first, a pit stop at The National Theatre, which is, like, a really pretty stage in the heart of our nation’s capital that may or may not have ever hosted Ladysmith Black Mambazo (but is definitely Prairie Home Companion-friendly). That’s right: Mean Girls: The Musical is here, and there are new hilarious oneliners to be learned. For those Gretchen Weiners-types who may have worried that the adaptation, announced in March, could never match the perfection of the film, put your fears aside. It doesn’t disappoint. The long-awaited musical version of the 2004 movie that spawned a million memes began its trial run Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., where it’ll spend a few weeks polishing its nail beds and otherwise perfecting the show before heading to the big time in New York for previews starting in March. Though there will undoubtedly be tweaks, it’s shaping up to be, in the common Plastics parlance, so fetch. (That’s slang, from London ...) If you didn’t get that — or any of the above — then the musical adaptation may not translate for you. Nor will the sexy Santa costumes and shirts with boob holes, which were plentiful in the audience at the first preview, coincidentally held on Halloween night, which gave the whole thing a Rocky Horror Picture Show vibe. That same type of cult fandom, which inspires people to dress up as their favorite characters and recite lines along with the cast, probably will be the key to the Tina Fey/Lorne Michaels-backed musical’s success. Fey struck comedy and zeitgeist gold with the film, for which she wrote the screenplay and starred as Ms. Norbury. For the musical iteration, she wrote the book and partnered with an all-star team including her husband, Jeff Richmond, a composer for 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Michaels, who serves as executive producer; Nell Benjamin, lyricist for Legally Blonde: The Musical and director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mor- Cady (Lindsay Lohan), Karen (Amanda Seyfried), Regina (Rachel McAdams) and Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) struck a mean chord in the 2004 movie. Now the cult favorite is headed to Broadway. MICHAEL GIBSON, AP There are new one-liners to be learned in the musical version of the movie that spawned a million memes. COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE mon, Something Rotten!). The cast is equally well-suited: Erika Henningsen, who plays Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan in the film), was the youngest actor to play Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway. Taylor Louderman, aka Regina George (Rachel McAdams), made her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical. And Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried), is another Legally Blonde alum. While Rockwell may be able to elicit roaring laughter for simply repeating the line “I’m a mouse, duh,” Mean Girls does more than that. Karen gets a solo dedicated to the memorable utterance, another Rocky Horror parallel with freight-night-style dancing, in which she laments the burden of being the Irresistibly entertaining. Download our free app, now with virtual reality. Experience exclusive awards season access, the hottest celeb trends, and the juiciest moments in pop culture. dumb hot one. It’s the reason she loves Halloween, the one day people can pretend to be anything. “It’s like the Internet, but in person and with candy,” she says before parading out a dozen potential sexy costume options. “I give you: Sexy Corn!” Gretchen (Ashley Park) also gets a solo and expanded story line, singing “What’s wrong with me?” when rejected by bestie Regina. As does Janis, who gets a power ballad about raising her middle finger high. Cady and Regina remain the stars, as they are in the film, and share a fun power dynamic that lets Regina emerge in the beginning like a Bond villain. Though there are fresh content jokes and story lines and mentions of Instagram and technology that didn’t exist in the early 2000s, the lines that have become so ubiquitous that they’re part of Millennials’ vocabulary are almost all accounted for. So we’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: Get your tickets now. LIFE 4D ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY MOVIES Q&A: Let’s hammer away at ‘Thor’ Andrea Mandell USA TODAY Spoiler alert: The following discusses plot points for Thor: Ragnarok, so beware if you haven’t seen it yet. Did Thor: Ragnarok leave you wondering where those crazy cameos come from? We’ve got the answers straight from director Taika Waititi on the latest Thor adventure (in theaters now), starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hiddleston. Q: Let’s talk about that post-credits scene. A: I don’t know anything about Infinity War (the new Avengers movie out May 4). Q: That’s not even what I was going to start with! OK, we’ll start elsewhere: How much convincing did it take to get Matt Damon to cameo for the theater scene on Asgard? A: None at all! About 30 seconds on the phone. Chris (Hemsworth) called him and he goes, “We want to do this thing, come and do it!” They’re good friends. I’d met him a couple of times, and then we sort of jumped on the phone with him. It was like three hours; it was really quick. That was so much fun. It made me so much more satisfied with that scene as well. Q: What about Luke Hemsworth’s cameo as Thor in the same scene? I did a double-take. A: We were talking and I was like, “Hey, man, you’ve got to get Luke in there somewhere.” Because Liam (Chris Hemsworth’s other brother) wasn’t available. That scene hadn’t been written yet. It made perfect sense. Q: OK, so the post-credits scene: Is that officially Thanos’ ship? A: Yep. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) cross paths in “Ragnarok.” JASIN BOLAND/MARVEL STUDIOS Q: Anything else you can tell me about it? A: Nope. (Marvel is) so secretive! None of the directors are allowed to tell each other anything. No one reads each other’s scripts. I have no idea what Black Panther’s (in theaters Feb. 16) about. I’m serious. I’ve never seen it. Q: Did Marvel give you free rein on Ragnarok? A: When I first met them, one of the things they said to me was, “If you come in here trying to reinvent everything or assuming that a Hollywood studio is the enemy before you’ve even started, then you’re in the wrong place. It is a collabo- ration. We want to make Marvel films, but we’d also like to make a Taika film.” So I had to keep reminding myself of that. Whenever I felt challenged, which was not often at all, I had to remind myself, “I’m helping these guys make a movie about source material that isn’t mine.” It was a good lesson for me coming from the indie world, where being an auteur is supposed to be this cool thing. Your vision. Your voice. If I hear the word “visionary” attached to a director’s name again, I swear, it drives me crazy. Because it’s all BS. Any film is a team effort. Q: So you feel like the final film is as “you” as films like Boy or Hunt for the Wilderpeople? A: This film is as Taika as any of my films. It just happens to be a giant superhero movie. I look at the film and I’m like, “I’m so surprised they let me do this stuff.” Every week I had a new triumph which was also a shock to me. Like, “Are they even watching the film? They let me put that joke in there?” Q: What’s an example of one of your biggest triumphs? A: All of Korg (played by Waititi). All of that character. He has no business being in there. He’s so irreverent. There’s a huge amount of irreverence in this film; if you know my stuff, it’s all I do. A shorn Thor (Chris Hemsworth) — the ’do wasn’t exactly his idea — and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have a heart-to-heart in “Ragnarok.” MARVEL Stylist answers the buzz on that short hair Carly Mallenbaum USA TODAY Thor must face one of his greatest fears in his third solo film: The Asgardian superhero sees a barber. In Thor: Ragnarok (in theaters now), the godly golden locks of Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding hero are shorn in favor of an edgier new ’do. So what’s the deal with the fresh cut? Hair designer Luca Vannella explains. It fits the tone of the new film. In the first two Thor films, the god of thunder took himself and his signature hammer, the Mjolnir, very seriously. In the third outing, however, directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), fans will see a “more human and funny” side of the hero, Vannella says. This time around, Thor has a different weapon, different armor, different sense of humor and yes, different hair. It’s not inspired by the comics. Though a short-haired Thor appears in comics including The Unworthy Thor, Vannella says, Hemsworth’s hair “is just a whole new look for the movie.” Thor isn’t Samson losing all of his strength with his mane, but the haircut does illustrate a turning point for the hero. In Ragnarok, Thor protests the severing of his tresses before he’s forced into a gladiatorial fight. The hairstyle — extra-short on the sides with several lines in the scalp — was informed by the ultra-stylish planet of Sakaar, where Thor unwillingly gets the new cut. YouTube there are demos” of how to shave lines like Thor’s. The new ’do is darker. A too-blond buzz on Thor could look “very fake or it could look like blond tips on a ’90s guy,” Vannella says. A darker shade made more sense, because “his long hair has a dark root” and his hair would have to be dark to account for heroically earned sweat, dirt and grease. There was plenty of discussion about Valkyrie’s hair, too. Those lines were made to look hand-clipped. Vannella, whose grandfather was a barber, wanted Thor to look as though his hair was cut with old-school clippers. “I wanted a broken haircut (that) wasn’t very accurate,” he says. Though Hemsworth didn’t actually have lines shaved into his scalp for the movie —Vannella used hair gel to strategically part his strands — “already on In 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World,” our hammer-wielding hero cut quite a different figure. JAY MAIDMENT/MARVEL Warrior Valkyrie — a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — has light hair in the comic books, but Vannella decided against giving Tessa Thompson a blond wig for the role. “We had a lot of drawings with blond hair on Tessa, and she looked really good,” he says. “But some people could be disappointed that Marvel hired a girl like Tessa and then wanted to change her to blond.” LIFE USA TODAY ❚ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 ❚ 5D MOVIES ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rings up a muscular $121 million ‘Bad Moms’ is a distant second with $17 million From staff reports USA TODAY NEW YORK – Thor: Ragnarok thundered to one of the year’s best box office debuts with an estimated $121 million domestically, again proving the Disney might. The robust debut for the third Thor movie, starring Chris Hemsworth, was a welcome shot in the arm for Hollywood and theater owners who have just suffered through a terrible October. Ragnarok also bucked the trend of diminishing returns for sequels. The 2011 Thor had a $65.7 million debut; 2013’s Thor: The Dark World opened with $85.7 million. “It’s not often you see the second and third installments in the franchise outpacing the previous issue,” says David Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “You don’t expect neverending returns when it comes to sequels, but it definitely speaks to the quality of the talent at Marvel and the way they’re thinking about each film out of the gate.” Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and “A Bad Moms Christmas” have high hopes for the holidays. HILARY BRONWYN GAYLE/STX ENTERTAINMENT dio estimates Sunday. The holidaythemed sequel, which returns stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, came in shy of the 2016 original’s $23.8 million opening. But the big story was Thor, which also grossed $151.4 million in its second week of international release. The film has made $427 million worldwide in 10 days. Disney isn’t alone in being able to roll out such blockbusters, but three of the year’s five $100 million-plus opening weekends are theirs (the other two are Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). The other new nationwide release, A Bad Moms Christmas, opened with $17 million for the weekend and $21.6 million since Wednesday, according to stu- It has been feast or famine this year at the box office. August was historically dismal, September swung to recordbreaking highs, and October again badly slumped with the lowest overall gross in a decade. The year is running down 4.8% from last year’s record pace, according to comScore. Rounding out the rest of the top five: Jigsaw, the latest installment in the Saw horror franchise, finished third with $6.7 million; Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! Madea Halloween was fourth with $4.7 million; and Gerard Butler disaster epic Geostorm finished fifth with $3 million. Several films opened in limited release, including Greta Gerwig’s comingof-age tale Lady Bird, with Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. On four screens, it drew some of the most packed theaters of the year with a $93,900 per-screen average. Rob Reiner’s LBJ, with Woody Harrelson, debuted with $1.1 million in 659 theaters. Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, brought in a per-screen average of $10,500 in four theaters. Final numbers are expected Monday. Contributing: Kim Willis To view more Classified listings, visit: www.classifieds.usatoday.com NOTICES BUSINESS MARKETPLACE PUBLIC NOTICES BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES HEALTH/FITNESS The REGION 4 EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER (ESC), HOUSTON, TX is requesting proposals from qualified and experienced firms to provide RFP ERGONOMICS SOLUTIONS (RFP No. 18-04). 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Recent credits include The Baby Boss and Blind. He’s also the author of the 2017 memoir Nevertheless, and for many years played Tina Fey’s boss, Jack Donaghy, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. ... while Trump hits back How to join the chat Baldwin is no fan of the president; the disdain is mutual. “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks,” Trump Join the Facebook Live chat Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on the USA TODAY Life Facebook page. To learn more or to submit questions, visit BaldwinChat.usatoday.com TONIGHT ON TV 8:00 Critic’s Corner Kelly Lawler USA TODAY Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge HBO, 9 ET/PT This documentary, directed by Alex Gibney (Going Clear) and Blair Foster (George Harrison: Living in the Material World), chronicles the past 50 years of American pop culture, politics and (of course) music through the lens of the magazine. 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