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Pain free but
rusty, Tiger ready
for comeback
11.29.17
Nearly 8 months after spinal surgery, the
former world No. 1 golfer hits the course
in the Hero World Challenge. In Sports
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IN NEWS
Scott Pruitt aims to
change culture of EPA
Environmental head re-engineering
agency by returning power to states
Not so abominable:
Yeti linked to bears
New N. Korea missile
could reach U.S. capital
First test in 10 weeks
has longest range
Jim Michaels and John Bacon
USA TODAY
DNA sample from supposed ape-like
creatures turn out to be from bears
IN MONEY
Undeterred by Uber,
Lyft eyes top spot
North Korea fired what appeared to
be its longest-range intercontinental
ballistic missile Wednesday, breaking
a 10-week lull between test launches
this year and dashing hopes that the
country would curb its aggressive pur-
Lyft has gained steadily on its
ride-hailing rival over past year
suit of a nuclear weapon that could
strike the U.S. mainland.
The missile flew 600 miles in a high
trajectory but would have had a range of
8,100 miles had it flown in a flat trajectory, according to calculations by David
Wright, an expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. That would make it
capable of reaching Washington, D.C.
The missile was launched from Sain
Ni, near the capital of Pyongyang, and
splashed down into the Sea of Japan,
according to the Pentagon. The missile
landed inside Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.
After the launch, President Trump
said the United States “will take care of
it. ... It is a situation that we will handle.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah
Sanders said Trump was briefed “while
(the) missile was still in the air.”
The State Department announced an
international effort to step up pressure
on North Korea that could include interSee MISSILE, Page 2A
THE GRAMMY AWARDS: NEWS & VIEWS
Whistle-blower
protections in danger
Supreme Court may prompt more
narrow interpretation of laws
IN SPORTS
Bet on legalization
of sports gambling
Overturning ban no longer a long shot
as Supreme Court hears arguments
A high note for diversity
The Bengals’ Michael Johnson will
wear these cleats Monday.
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Cleats offer support
for social justice
We talk to five NFL players taking part
in “My Cause My Cleats” weekend
IN LIFE
In ‘Disaster,’ Franco
wears eccentric well
Comedy is an ode to the creative
process, even when it produces a dud
Artists of color finally get overdue recognition with nominations
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Look at the 2018 Grammy nominations, and the statistics are clear. All
five tracks nominated for record of the
year came from artists of color, as did
four out of the five nominees for album
and song of the year.
Look farther down the list, and you
see names such as Lil Uzi Vert, SZA,
Khalid, Logic, Migos and Cardi B — part
of the new generation of artists of color,
boosted to the top of the charts by
streaming.
Top row, Bruno Mars,
Khalid, Daddy Yankee,
Cardi B and Jay-Z.
Second row, Childish
Gambino, Kendrick
Lamar, Luis Fonsi, Lil Uzi
Vert and SZA.
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Some of the biggest
names got little love
For an awards show with a lessthan-inclusive history, the 2018 Grammy nominations seem like a course correction for an institution badly in need
of one. Considering the looming controversies of 2018’s awards season,
which may see the return of
#OscarsSoWhite, thanks to a lack of diversity among Academy Awards contenders, the Grammys may be one of
the few awards shows to get diversity
right.
Beyond honoring big names such as
See GRAMMY, Page 2A
5 things to know about GOP tax plan
Herb Jackson
USA TODAY
More than
9 million
Americans had packages stolen
from their doorsteps within the
past year.
Senate Republicans need 50 votes
to pass the first sweeping overhaul of
the tax code since 1986. GOP leaders
offered incentives to get recalcitrant
members in line:
Deficit triggers
SOURCE Blink survey of 10,353 adults
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STATE-BY-STATE 6B
The Senate Budget Committee vot-
AMERICA’S MARKETS 4B
ed Tuesday to send the tax bill to the
floor after Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,
said he had an agreement to rescind
some tax cuts or eliminate deductions
if economic growth isn’t as robust as
anticipated.
Corker has said he would oppose the
tax bill if it added to the deficit. Trump
administration
officials
said
it
wouldn’t, but Corker wanted triggers to
kick in if they were wrong.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an
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enthusiastic backer of the bill, called
fiscal triggers unworkable Tuesday.
Health insurance
To lock up support from conservatives smarting from the Senate’s failure
to repeal Obamacare, the tax bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee before Thanksgiving would repeal
See TAX PLAN, Page 2A
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YOUR SAY 5A
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Indiana University halts fraternity activity
Chris Sims
The Indianapolis Star
Indiana
University-Bloomington
suspended fraternity activities Monday
night, adding to the list of colleges and
universities to place similar restrictions
on Greek life this year.
IU becomes the seventh university to
suspend the activities of fraternities or
sororities, joining the University of
Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas
State University, Ball State University,
Louisiana State University and Penn
State University.
IU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Lori Reesor announced the IU Interfraternity Council’s unanimous vote on
Twitter.
IU’s Sigma Nu fraternity was suspended by the national organization in
October for violating hazing and alcohol
policies.
Multiple instances of hazing shut
down IU’s Beta Alpha chapter of Delta
Tau Delta in January. The fraternity’s
governing body made the decision.
“There is no place for hazing in Delta
Tau Delta. It is absolutely contrary to
IN BRIEF
our values and will not be tolerated,”
said Jim Russell, executive vice president of the national fraternity. “The fraternity is clear about its expectations.”
Ball State’s Interfraternity Council
came to an agreement with school officials in October that there will be no social gatherings on fraternity grounds or
events co-hosted by fraternities until
Jan. 31, 2018.
“It’s not one single incident that has
caused this,” Ball State’s vice president
for marketing and communications
Kathy Wolf told The (Muncie, Ind.) Star
Press. “It’s a trend or a pattern of behavior that is not acceptable or consistent
with our Beneficence Pledge. As a result,
what we’re doing is pausing, if you will,
and saying, ‘Hey, together let’s work on
this.’ ”
The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at
Butler was suspended by the fraternity’s national board of directors in January.
Violations of alcohol, hazing and unregistered functions earned a suspension for the Purdue University chapter
of Sigma Phi Epsilon until 2020 in
March of last year.
Tax plan
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Libyan cleared of most serious
charges in Benghazi attack
A federal jury found a Libyan militant not guilty of the most serious
charges stemming from the attacks in
Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in
2012.
Jurors convicted Ahmed Abu Khattala on Tuesday of terrorism-related
charges but acquitted him of murder.
Prosecutors accused Abu Khattala
of leading a rampage aimed at killing
personnel and plundering maps and
other property from the U.S. mission in
Benghazi. Defense attorneys said the
evidence against him was shoddy.
Pence says Trump considering
moving U.S. Embassy in Israel
Vice President Pence said Tuesday
that President Trump is “actively considering when and how” to move the
U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision fiercely opposed by
Palestinians.
Pence spoke at an event in New
York City to commemorate the 70th
anniversary of the United Nations vote
that led to the founding of Israel.
In June, Trump backed off a campaign pledge on the move as his Mideast envoy sought to reinvigorate talks
between Israel and the Palestinians.
Air Force: Lapse in reporting
Texas rampage part of pattern
The Air Force said Tuesday that its
failure to report the criminal history of
a former airman who massacred more
than two dozen people at a Texas
church this month was “not an isolated incident.”
In a statement on its investigation,
the Air Force blamed gaps in “training
and compliance measures” for the
lapse involving Devin Kelley, who had
been convicted of assaulting his thenwife and stepson in 2012.
From staff and wire reports
the requirement that people buy
health insurance or pay a fine to the Internal Revenue Service.
Some Republican senators balked
at this back-door Obamacare repeal,
including Maine’s Susan Collins. The
Congressional Budget Office said the
repeal would increase the number of
people without insurance by 13 million
by 2027 and raise premiums by 10% a
year on people who remain in government-managed insurance exchanges.
Tuesday, Collins said President
Trump and party leaders agreed to
pass two insurance bills she supports
to mitigate the impact of repealing the
mandate.
One would reinstate subsidies paid
to health insurance companies to hold
down premiums for low-income customers. Trump canceled these payments this year. Another would create
a reinsurance mechanism to help insurers deal with people with catastrophic medical costs.
Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars,
the Grammys showed it’s been paying
attention to rising artists of color and
taking their viral hits seriously. As music streaming transforms the industry,
boosting hip-hop to America’s most
popular music genre, 2017 saw artists
such as Migos and Cardi B earn No. 1 singles, driven by streaming and online
buzz. Migos’ Bad and Boujee and Cardi
B’s Bodak Yellow earned Grammy nominations in the rap performance field,
with Childish Gambino’s Redbone, a
song that birthed an Internet meme and
became a streaming hit, competing for
record of the year.
Then there’s Despacito, the global,
bilingual hit from Luis Fonsi and Daddy
Yankee that exemplified Latin stars’
breakthrough year in mainstream pop,
which the Grammys rightfully honored
with song and record of the year nominations.
These changes follow a painful two
years for the Grammys, when fans and
critics trashed the awards after Beyon-
The two measures have nothing to
do with each other but were paired in a
budget resolution the Senate approved
in October that invoked a complicated
rule Republicans use to prevent Democrats from staging a filibuster, a procedure that would require 60 votes that
the GOP does not have to overcome.
The political benefit of including
ANWR is that the sponsor of the drilling bill is Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, another potential swing vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky., is rounding up
votes. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES
Pass-through companies
Property taxes
Collins said she was optimistic the
Senate would include in its final version of the bill a provision in the House
bill that would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes.
The Senate bill would repeal the entire deduction for state and local income, property and sales taxes, a
change that could result in tax increases in high-tax states even after
lowering rates and increasing the
standard deductible significantly.
The $10,000 property tax deduction
was crafted by House Republican leaders to win votes from members in some
high tax states.
Arctic drilling
In voting to send the tax bill to the
floor Tuesday, the budget committee
tacked on a bill that would open part of
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for
oil drilling.
Grammys
Continued from Page 1A
Indiana becomes the seventh university to suspend the activities of fraternities
or sororities for violating hazing and alcohol policies. INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Change does not come easily
to such institutions. Yet this
year’s nominees show the
Grammys honoring the stars
of this new streaming-led
era, many of whom are
young people of color.
cé’s Lemonade lost the 2017 album of
the year prize to Adele’s more traditional 25 last year, as they did in 2016 when
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly
was snubbed in favor of Taylor Swift’s
1989. The albums from Adele and Swift
may have sold well and impressed
critics, but in the face of the Grammys’
history of passing over younger artists
of color for the top prizes, seeing them
celebrated over Beyoncé and Lamar’s
masterworks felt personal.
Kanye West and Drake declined to attend the 2017 Grammys despite leading
the night’s nominees. Their no-shows
followed Frank Ocean’s decision not to
submit his albums Endless and Blonde
Large corporations are taxed under
the corporate code, but the owners of
many other businesses large and small
— including partnerships such as law
firms or real estate companies, as well
as “mom and pop” retailers and sole
proprietors — pay their taxes on their
personal tax returns.
The deep cut proposed in the top
corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% led
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to oppose
the tax bill. Johnson argued that some
so-called pass-through business owners would be at a disadvantage compared with large corporations if their
personal tax bracket was higher than
20%. Johnson debated the issue with
the president at a Capitol Hill luncheon Tuesday. He then voted for the
tax bill in the budget committee.
Trump tweeted Monday that this
was one area where the bill could be
changed.
Contributing: Eliza Collins, Michael
Collins, Julia Fair, Deirdre Shesgreen
for 2017 Grammys consideration to
protest the show’s history of questionable racial politics. He wrote on
Tumblr that To Pimp A Butterfly’s 2016
loss was “hands down one of the most
faulty TV moments I’ve seen.”
“Believe the people,” he wrote. “Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program
on YouTube the day after because your
show puts them to sleep.”
The Grammys have been around
since 1959, and change does not come
easily to such institutions. Yet this
year’s nominees show the Grammys
honoring the stars of this new streaming-led era, many of whom are young
people of color. The Recording Academy may not have explicitly heeded
Ocean’s call to “believe the people,” but
considering that many of the same
viewers skipping the Grammys telecast to watch YouTube clips are the listeners who drove songs such as Bad
and Boujee and Bodak Yellow up the
charts, it’s clear the awards show is
feeling the people’s influences.
But simply including a more diverse
pool of nominees isn’t enough for the
Grammys to prove it’s changing its culture. These artists need to win.
Missile
Continued from Page 1A
dicting ships carrying goods to and
from that country. Spokeswoman
Heather Nauert said the joint U.S.-Canadian effort will include 16 countries.
“We have always been very clear that
we would be open to talks with North
Korea. But North Korea is not showing
it is willing to sit down and talk,” she
said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined
the missile was not a threat to North
America or U.S. territories.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said
the missile went higher than any previous test.
It is not clear whether North Korea
has mastered the technology that
would allow it to place a miniaturized
nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Mattis said the latest test “endangers world peace, regional peace and
certainly the United States.”
South Korea’s military responded
by conducting its own shorter-range
missile tests to mimic striking the
North Korea launch site, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.
“We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or
provocation,” said Col. Robert Manning, the Pentagon spokesman.
The launch came one day after reports that the Japanese government
intercepted radio signals suggesting a
launch appeared imminent.
It was the first launch since Sept. 15,
when North Korea fired an intermediate ballistic missile that flew over Japan and into the northern Pacific.
The latest launch is the 16th test this
year, a record for North Korea. It came
amid heated rhetoric between Trump
and North Korean dictator Kim Jong
Un, who have threatened to annihilate
each other in response to a first strike.
Last week, the Trump administration reinstated North Korea on the list
of countries that support terrorism.
Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard, David Jackson
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USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 3A
Deals get GOP Senate
Consumer bureau
lands under leadership tax bill closer to passing
of one of its naysayers
Deirdre Shesgreen, Julia Fair,
Michael Collins and Eliza Collins
USA TODAY
Judge clears Trump’s
selection of acting chief
Consumer Protection Act in 2010.
“The story here is the future of the
CFPB and why this person is one of the
most unqualified and unsuitable people to head it,” said Mike Calhoun,
Gregory Korte
USA TODAY
president of the Center for Responsible Lending, a consumer advocacy
WASHINGTON – In naming Mick group.
Tuesday, a federal judge in WashMulvaney the acting head of the federal
government’s primary financial ser- ington ruled that the president can apvices regulator, President Trump placed point acting agency leaders.
Mulvaney tweeted a photo of hima loyalist in charge of what was deself getting to work. On his first
signed to be a semi-independent
day — after crossing the street
federal agency.
from his office in the White
A federal judge ruled Tuesday
House complex to bring doughthat Trump could name his budnuts to his colleagues — Mulvaget director to temporarily lead
ney imposed a 30-day moratothe Consumer Financial Protecrium on new regulations, froze
tion Bureau, an Obama-era crehiring and put a temporary hold
ation that grew out of the finan- Mick
on payments to victims of illecial crisis of 2008.
Mulvaney
gal banking practices.
Mulvaney’s appointment puts
“You should expect that this
the Consumer Financial Protec- “Rumors
agency will stay open. Rumors
tion Bureau into uncharted wathat I’m going to set the place
ters as it experiences its first that I’m
change in party control in its sev- going to on fire or lock the doors or blow
it up are completely false,” Mulen-year history.
vaney said.
Mulvaney, director of the set the
“That said,” he continued,
White House Office of Manageplace on “anybody
who thinks that a
ment and Budget, isn’t just any
Trump administration CFPB
caretaker director.
fire or
would be the same as an Obama
At the OMB, he’s responsible
for coordinating the president’s lock the administration CFPB is simply
federal regulatory policy — but doors or being naïve. Elections have
consequences at every agency,
he will also head the CFPB, which
and it includes the CFPB.”
Congress set up to be outside the blow it
Mulvaney, a former Republipresident’s direct influence.
up are
can congressman who spearHe’s a budget director in
heads the Trump administracharge of what is effectively an comtion’s efforts to roll back regulaoff-budget federal agency. The
tions across the government,
CFPB relies on transfers from the pletely
controls an agency whose deciFederal Reserve System rather false.”
sions impact any American
than annual appropriations from
with a checking account, mortgage,
Congress.
He’s a long-standing critic of the credit card or consumer loan.
“The fact of the matter is that the diagency he now heads. Mulvaney has
even called the bureau a joke “in a sick, rector — the permanent director, whoever the president nominates — will
sad way.”
Mulvaney is in a position to shape the also share the president’s agenda,”
future of the CFPB — created by the said Richard Revesz, a law professor at
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and New York University.
An emergency worker at the scene of a fatal crash July 2, 2016, between a bus
and a truck near St. Marks, Fla. JOE RONDONE/TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT
NTSB says Florida farmworker
crash caused by fatigued driver
Bart Jansen
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – A fiery crash between a bus and truck that killed four
people in Florida revealed gaps in safety
regulations governing the transportation of migrant farmworkers, federal investigators ruled Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety
Board found that the 5:16 a.m. collision
July 2, 2016, near St. Marks, Fla., south
of Tallahassee, was caused by a bus
driver — likely fatigued after helping
pick crops — who failed to stop at an intersection and collided with the truck.
The board also found that the bus
company, Billy R. Evans Harvesting,
failed to exercise adequate safety oversight of the driver, and there was a lack
of effective oversight by the Department
of Labor and the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration.
“I don’t think they would want holes
in their baskets, and I don’t think they
should have holes in the safety net that
is there to protect them while they are
being transported,” Board Chairman
Robert Sumwalt said of the farmworkers. “Yet we did find holes in that safety
net.”
The board found similar problems
while investigating previous crashes involving migrant farmworkers in Little
Rock and Ruther Glen, Va.
The Arkansas crash that killed six
passengers on Nov. 6, 2015, involved a
motor coach traveling from Michigan
to Texas that struck the underside of
an overpass along Interstate 40.
The Virginia crash that killed six
passengers on June 17, 2016, involved a
15-passenger van traveling from North
Carolina to New Jersey along Interstate 95 when it rolled over.
The Florida crash involved a Blue
Bird bus that collided with a Verity Van
Lines truck. The bus passengers were
mostly Haitian farmworkers who had
been harvesting corn in Georgia.
The bus driver, Elie Dupiche, then
56, was cited for running a red light
and fined $4,500 but was not charged
criminally.
Driver fatigue was cited in each of
the three crashes reviewed because in
each case the bus drivers also worked
in the fields, investigators said.
The Florida crash also highlighted
the risks of intersection crashes, a national concern investigators said could
be reduced with better warnings, such
as reflective or lighted signs.
From 2010 through 2015, about
45,000 traffic fatalities occurred at intersections, which was nearly onefourth of all traffic deaths during that
period, according to David Rayburn,
who investigated highway factors in
the accident.
WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans moved closer Tuesday to passing
a bill that would overhaul the nation’s
tax system after leaders began winning over potential opponents through
a series of deals to resolve their concerns.
For Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who
worried that the tax bill would increase
the federal deficit, it was the promise
of a legislative “trigger” that would repeal the tax cuts if deficits appeared.
For Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, it
was the promise that separate legislation would be considered to offset the
increase in health insurance premiums
that would be likely if the tax bill eliminated a provision of the Affordable
Care Act.
GOP Senate leaders emerged from a
one-hour meeting with President
Trump expressing optimism that the
tax bill would pass in the next few
days, but they acknowledged that the
vote will probably be close.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky., described the process of wrangling enough votes for passage as “a challenging exercise.”
“I think I’m sitting there with a Rubik’s cube trying to get to 50 (votes),”
he said.
A tax overhaul is a top priority of
Trump and congressional Republicans,
who are pushing to get the bill approved
before the end of the year. Because Republicans hold a bare 52-48 advantage
in the Senate, they can afford to lose no
more than two of their own members if
the bill is to pass.
The legislation cleared the Senate
Budget Committee on Tuesday in a party-line 12-11 vote. The committee voted
to combine the tax bill with language
that would open a portion of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas
exploration.
The measure headed to the Senate
floor, where a final vote could come this
week.
The bill’s prospects improved significantly when Corker announced he was
likely to support it.
Corker had said he would oppose any
tax bill that would raise the deficit. After
the meeting with Trump, Corker said he
would support the legislation if it included a trigger that would rescind the
tax cuts if they caused a hike in the deficit. He did not provide details of the
language.
Collins said she secured an agreement in which a bipartisan health insurance bill by Sens. Lamar Alexander, RTenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash.,
would be considered along with legislation she filed with Sen. Bill Nelson, DFla.
President
Trump met
with
Republican
Senate
leaders
Tuesday
regarding
one of his
top
priorities,
an
overhaul
of the tax
system.
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WONG/GETTY
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Trump’s attacks on
‘fake news’ expand
Administrator aims
to reshape EPA culture
Pruitt opens advisory
boards to industry voices
President: CNN International misrepresenting U.S.
He’s voiced those complaints not just
in Washington, but in foreign capitals.
❚ In his first overseas news conferWASHINGTON
–
President ence in July, Trump blasted CNN and
Trump’s attacks on what he calls “fake NBC by name for what he called “biased” reporting — and then suggested
news” are no longer limited to CNN.
that Polish President Andrej Duda has
It’s CNN International.
Trump’s new animosity toward the similar problems. Duda, who has drawn
Cable News Network’s global sister the attention of the European Union for
channel symbolizes what press free- his crackdown on a free press, agreed
dom advocates say is a disturbing new that “media order” was important. Latdimension to the president’s feud with er, Trump tweeted that he would “fight
the media. They say Trump, instead of the fake news” with Duda.
❚ During his Asia trip this month,
defending the First Amendment, is
now setting a worldwide example for Trump did not have a joint news conferrulers who would clamp down on press ence with Chinese President Xi Jinping
after the Chinese vetoed the
freedom.
idea. Trump also failed to hold a
“He’s definitely sending a
solo news conference for the endangerous message,” said Martire trip, though he did talk to regaux Ewen of Reporters Withporters off camera aboard Air
out Borders, an international
Force One. And for one day in
organization devoted to defendVietnam, traveling reporters foling press freedom. “I can’t
lowing him were shut out from
speak to his intent, but this new President
presidential events entirely.
international angle of his at- Trump
❚ When Trump later met with
tacks against the press is conRodrigo Duterte, the Philippines presicerning.”
Since returning from his Asia trip — dent shut down reporters trying to ask
during which he said he was “forced to questions by declaring, “You are the
watch” CNN International in the Phil- spies.” Trump laughed.
Trump’s latest attack came the same
ippines — Trump has renewed his
day that Russian President Vladimir Pulongstanding feud with the network.
In a tweet Saturday, Trump said Fox tin signed a new law requiring selected
News is much more important in the foreign news organizations to register
United States than CNN. “But outside as foreign agents — an apparent retaliaof the U.S., CNN International is still a tion for the U.S. Justice Department enmajor source of (Fake) news, and they forcing its existing Foreign Agent Regisrepresent our Nation to the WORLD tration act against Russian propaganda
very poorly. The outside world does outlet Russia Today, or RT.
RT was identified in a U.S. intellinot see the truth from them!” he said.
CNN’s response: “It’s not CNN’s job gence community assessment as being
to represent the U.S to the world. part of a sophisticated Russian camThat’s yours. Our job is to report the paign to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
news.”
“Americans have a right to know who
Trump has branded news outlets as
“fake news” since before he took office, is acting in the United States to influusing a term originally used to de- ence the U.S. government or public on
scribe falsified news stories manufac- behalf of foreign principals,” Acting Astured for monetary or political gain as sistant Attorney General Dana Boente
an epithet against any news coverage said this month in announcing RT’s registration as a foreign agent.
he disagrees with.
Ledyard King
Gregory Korte
USA TODAY
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – EPA Administrator
Scott Pruitt isn’t just dismantling the
Clean Power Plan and other high-profile
environmental programs of the Obama
era. He’s on a mission to re-engineer the
agency’s culture by returning power to
states and away from the Washington
bureaucrats and coastal elites he said
have led it astray.
The EPA is doing away with the “sueand-settle” approach that Pruitt said
improperly allowed the Obama administration to circumvent laws by rewriting
regulations behind closed doors with
friendly environmental groups who
filed lawsuits.
The agency has rewritten membership rules for the agency’s advisory
boards, so industry advocates and academics from Midwestern and mountain
states — which Pruitt said were underrepresented — have greater influence
when counseling leaders on new regulations.
He’s adopted a “red team/blue team”
model designed to challenge climate
change assumptions that global warming is occurring and humans are the primary cause — a view endorsed by the
majority of scientists and by a report the
White House issued this month.
Pruitt, who challenged the Clean
Power Plan as Oklahoma attorney general, said he’s plowing ahead with the
rollback of the rule designed to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power
plants despite the report’s conclusions.
He said the red team/blue team approach is integral to the rigorous selfanalysis the EPA has been lacking in recent years.
“I’m an attorney. I believe in bringing
people together in an open process to
encourage peer review. That’s what science is,” Pruitt said. “We shouldn’t run
from that. ... That’s something we ought
to embrace as a culture and, I think, as
an agency.”
Scott Pruitt sued the EPA before
heading it. LEDYARD KING/USA TODAY
“I believe in bringing people
together in an open process
to encourage peer review.
That’s what science is.”
Scott Pruitt
Of all Pruitt’s moves to reshape an
agency whose authority he frequently
challenged in court, the red team/blue
team strategy has raised some of the
loudest alarm bells among his critics
who consider it an attack on science.
The exercise was designed at the
height of the Cold War to assess Soviet
reactions to various scenarios. And
that’s where it belongs — not to relitigate the facts of climate science, said
former New Jersey GOP governor
Christine Todd Whitman, who headed
the EPA under President George W.
Bush.
“That Mr. Pruitt seeks to use the
power of the EPA to elevate those who
have already lost the argument is
shameful, and the only outcome will
be that the public will know less about
the science of climate change than before,” she wrote in The New York
Times.
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68
Alaska
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79
Anchorage
7
Juneau
Austin
73
66
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74
74
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69
72
68
72
Jackson
Baton Rouge
San Antonio
85
Raleigh
Montgomery
Shreveport
MidlandOdessa
Honolulu
41
32
68
67
Columbia
Atlanta
72
67
Richmond
59
71
68
62
62
65
Charlotte
Nashville
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Washington Annapolis
Charleston
65
Little Rock Birmingham
Dallas
64
Hawaii
69
61
57
60
55
59
58
Cincinnati
56
New York
52
Harrisburg
57
Memphis
Tulsa
Lubbock
67
55
57 55
53
Oklahoma
City
El Paso
Fairbanks
53
49
Boston
Hartford
51
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Jefferson City St. Louis Louisville
Knoxville
Wichita
58
56
Phoenix
50
48
43
46
52
52
Albuquerque
Chicago
42
Albany
Cleveland
Lansing
Kansas City Springfield
Indianapolis
Topeka
Santa Fe
Flagstaff
44
50
Dodge City
Palm Springs
Madison
Des Moines
44
Detroit
44 46
44
Montpelier
Buffalo
Grand
Milwaukee Rapids
Sioux Falls
50
52
Denver
Aspen
44
Omaha
Cheyenne
53
62
67
57
Casper
47
St. George
Las Vegas
Pierre
47
Salt Lake City
48
Los Angeles
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Augusta
Burlington
45
Mpls-St. Paul
48
53
36
Elko
34
34
Fargo
Rapid City
Idaho Falls Jackson
Hole
Reno
61
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Billings
39
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40
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TOP TRAVEL CITIES Air quality index (AQI)
BALTIMORE
ATLANTA
WED
THU
FRI
Mostly
sunny
68/52
A P.M.
shower
69/54
THU
FRI
Shower
68/53
AQI Moderate
AQI Good
MPLS-ST. PAUL
MIAMI
WED
THU
FRI
Shower,
t-storm
83/73
A stray
shower
83/69
Mostly
sunny
44/36
Mostly
sunny
44/28
Partly
sunny
45/31
WED
THU
FRI
Shower
82/70
AQI Good
AQI Good
c Cloudy
Mostly
sunny
63/34
Partly
sunny
52/42
Partly
sunny
54/30
WED
f Fog
i Ice
r Rain
CHARLOTTE
BOSTON
WED
Partly
sunny
56/30
WED
THU
Cooler
43/39
THU
FRI
A little
rain
49/34
AQI Good
TODAY
THU
49/33s
51/22w
56/38pc
58/28s
63/34pc
76/49pc
32/23sf
51/19pc
62/38s
73/45s
73/42pc
62/40pc
74/60pc
48/28w
72/54pc
55/29w
45/27s
44/29s
45/21pc
47/32s
74/48s
59/38pc
53/23w
51/33sh
43/35pc
58/40pc
50/40pc
54/36pc
78/48s
26/18s
51/24s
54/46pc
73/52pc
75/45s
64/42s
75/51pc
48/32pc
69/51sh
50/26s
45/31pc
48/35r
41/34pc
51/24s
72/52pc
62/38sh
47/33s
NEW YORK
CHICAGO
Cooler
46/38
WED
Not as
warm
68/45
WED
THU
Clearing
51/31
THU
Sunny
71/45
THU
FRI
Partly
sunny
45/36
FRI
Partly
sunny
71/52
ORLANDO
WED
Mostly
sunny
59/36
WED
THU
Showers
75/57
THU
Cooler
48/42
THU
FRI
Mostly
sunny
71/53
FRI
Partly
sunny
50/34
AQI Good
w Windy
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Colorado Springs
Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dayton, Ohio
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Des Moines, Iowa
Duluth, Minn.
Durham, N.C.
El Paso, Texas
Fairbanks, Alaska
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Fargo, N.D.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fresno, Calif.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Green Bay, Wis.
Greensboro, N.C.
Greenville, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
dr Drizzle
TODAY
57/40pc
48/34s
58/26pc
72/46s
53/37pc
82/58pc
51/37pc
78/63pc
50/35s
34/29pc
69/39s
67/41pc
7/1c
57/31pc
48/33w
85/66pc
66/47r
49/36s
61/41s
44/33s
40/31s
68/41s
71/46s
58/31s
FRI
Partly
sunny
80/62
Partly
sunny
79/58
Partly
sunny
79/59
THU
FRI
THU
53/32sh
51/35sh
47/30s
70/54pc
54/33sh
79/55s
51/31sh
77/59sh
52/29s
35/25c
62/46pc
71/45pc
4/-4pc
55/28pc
44/27s
84/63pc
65/37pc
51/32sh
63/42s
47/30r
46/29pc
61/46pc
63/49pc
50/40pc
pc Partly cloudy
WED
THU
FRI
AQI Good
s Sunny
Hartford, Conn.
Indianapolis
Islip, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Kansas City
Key West, Fla.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Laredo, Texas
Lexington, Ky.
Lincoln, Neb.
Little Rock, Ark.
Long Beach, Calif.
Louisville, Ky.
Lubbock, Texas
Madison, Wis.
Manchester, N.H.
Memphis, Tenn.
Milwaukee
Mobile, Ala.
Modesto, Calif.
Montgomery, Ala.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
sh Showers
TODAY
55/23w
55/41pc
59/30s
74/57pc
78/55pc
57/44c
50/37pc
81/73c
65/42s
74/58pc
58/41pc
53/33s
67/48c
73/51pc
60/42pc
64/36pc
44/32s
55/24pc
69/54pc
44/36s
77/60pc
62/40s
72/51s
70/49s
Partly
sunny
79/60
Some
sun
81/58
Partly
sunny
81/57
AQI Moderate
HONOLULU
HOUSTON
WED
Cooler
46/33
WED
Partly
sunny
85/75
WED
THU
Showers
47/32
THU
Shower
84/73
THU
FRI
Partly
sunny
45/33
FRI
A heavy
shower
83/73
FRI
AQI Good
PHOENIX
Mostly
sunny
62/37
Partly
sunny
51/42
Partly
sunny
53/34
WED
DETROIT
Not as
cool
58/26
Plenty of
sun
54/33
Mostly
sunny
60/31
AQI Good
PHILADELPHIA
AQI Good
h Haze
FRI
AQI Good
AQI Good
Partly
sunny
75/62
sn Snow
DENVER
DALLAS
WED
WED
AQI Good
Akron, Ohio
Albany, N.Y.
Albuquerque
Allentown, Pa.
Amarillo, Texas
Anaheim, Calif.
Anchorage, Alaska
Aspen, Colo.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Augusta, Ga.
Austin, Texas
Bakersfield, Calif.
Baton Rouge, La.
Billings, Mont.
Birmingham, Ala.
Bismarck, N.D.
Boise, Idaho
Buffalo, N.Y.
Burlington, Vt.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, W.Va.
Cheyenne, Wyo.
FRI
AQI Moderate
NEW ORLEANS
sf Snowflurries
U.S. CITIES
Mostly
sunny
71/42
Partly
sunny
63/47
Some
sun, nice
65/42
AQI Good
SALT LAKE CITY
AQI Good
SAN DIEGO
WED
Partly
sunny
47/27
WED
THU
Sunny
46/31
THU
FRI
Partly
sunny
51/34
FRI
Partly
sunny
79/51
Sunny,
nice
77/49
Sunny,
nice
75/51
Partly
sunny
68/55
Sunny,
nice
69/53
Some
sun, nice
72/55
THU
FRI
THU
FRI
Partly
sunny
67/46
Mostly
sunny
67/46
Mostly
sunny
68/46
AQI Moderate
SAN FRANCISCO
WED
LAS VEGAS
WED
Mostly
sunny
61/48
Mostly
sunny
63/49
Partly
sunny
62/50
SEATTLE
LOS ANGELES
WED
THU
FRI
Partly
sunny
75/54
Mostly
sunny
76/54
Mostly
sunny
76/55
AQI Moderate
WASHINGTON
WED
Mostly
cloudy
50/42
WED
THU
Rain
48/41
THU
FRI
A little
rain
49/42
FRI
AQI Good
AQI Good
AQI Moderate
AQI Good
TODAY
63/49s
68/48pc
61/34s
58/27s
68/46s
62/42s
57/37pc
52/31s
77/54pc
78/62pc
57/29w
52/32pc
52/22pc
50/37pc
58/27w
69/39s
53/23w
50/25s
67/38s
47/28w
62/39s
76/50pc
65/43s
55/33pc
Sarasota, Fla.
Savannah, Ga.
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Shreveport, La.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
South Bend, Ind.
Spokane, Wash.
Springfield, Mo.
Springfield, Ill.
St. Louis
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Syracuse, N.Y.
Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
Toledo, Ohio
Topeka, Kan.
Tucson, Ariz.
Tupelo, Miss.
Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Wichita, Kan.
Wilmington, Del.
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Worcester, Mass.
TODAY
82/62pc
75/50pc
79/57pc
74/47c
50/33s
47/33s
40/29pc
61/47sh
52/44pc
55/48c
82/66pc
46/23w
79/53pc
83/65pc
48/32s
52/36pc
81/53pc
71/51pc
61/44r
67/45s
53/36pc
62/34s
67/41s
51/25w
WORLD CITIES
Partly
sunny
65/41
Partly
sunny
56/43
Partly
sunny
56/36
AQI Moderate
t Thunderstorms
THU
42/36pc
53/32sh
48/40pc
74/52c
77/54pc
58/29pc
55/30s
81/72pc
64/46sh
78/60s
58/34sh
55/27s
66/39pc
75/51s
57/36sh
61/38pc
48/27pc
43/35pc
67/41c
49/32pc
75/56sh
63/40s
72/53sh
67/53pc
Nags Head, N.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Newark, N.J.
New Haven, Conn.
Norfolk, Va.
Oakland, Calif.
Oklahoma City
Omaha, Neb.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Pensacola, Fla.
Pierre, S.D.
Pittsburgh
Portland, Maine
Portland, Ore.
Providence, R.I.
Raleigh, N.C.
Rapid City, S.D.
Reno, Nev.
Richmond, Va.
Rochester, N.Y.
Sacramento, Calif.
San Antonio
San Jose, Calif.
Santa Fe, N.M.
THU
59/49pc
66/41sh
49/42pc
46/40pc
61/46pc
63/43s
60/36pc
52/28s
81/60s
76/60sh
51/23s
53/33sh
40/35pc
47/38r
46/39pc
63/46pc
50/23pc
55/29s
59/42pc
48/36r
62/38s
78/52s
68/43s
53/33pc
THU
81/60pc
75/53pc
80/55pc
71/48s
48/27s
48/30r
39/31c
57/30pc
54/29pc
57/32pc
80/62pc
46/37r
78/53pc
82/62pc
49/31sh
57/29s
79/53pc
69/44c
60/36pc
60/46pc
58/31pc
53/40pc
60/45pc
40/34pc
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
35/20h
79/63pc
82/71sh
83/68s
40/28c
80/70pc
56/52pc
62/47s
78/57pc
44/30pc
72/42s
39/20s
25/22c
92/73h
43/36c
79/69pc
59/45r
36/21pc
84/78pc
78/70pc
41/27s
64/52s
THU
38/20s
81/61s
82/72sh
84/67s
37/29c
78/63pc
63/56pc
62/47s
78/58t
39/35pc
70/40pc
37/32c
30/28c
92/74h
40/32c
79/70pc
58/41r
35/21s
85/77pc
80/71pc
44/33r
54/44r
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USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 5A
OPINION
TODAY'S DEBATE: FINANCIAL BUREAU
Our view: Foxes arrive at the
consumer protection henhouse
When two competing “acting directors” showed up for work this week to
lead the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
— one an Obama administration holdover, the other named by President
Trump — it was not only a bizarre moment but proof of how desperately Republicans want to defang the agency.
The CFPB, created in 2010, is the first
federal agency to focus on protecting
people from the excesses and scams of
banks, credit card issuers, debt collectors and other financial players.
GOP lawmakers — and their generous campaign donors from the financial industry — have been cringing
since the bureau’s inception at every
bold move the agency made under director Richard Cordray, who resigned
last week.
Cordray named a longtime bureau
employee to be his successor, using authority granted in the Dodd-Frank Act
that created the bureau. Within hours,
President Trump appointed his own
pick for the temporary job, Mick Mulvaney, setting up Tuesday’s showdown
in federal court.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly refused to block Mulvaney’s appointment, finding that “denying the president’s authority ... raises significant
constitutional questions.” With that,
the consumer bureau moved immediately into the Trump era.
Mulvaney is an odd choice by the
president because he already has a demanding full-time job running the Office of Management and Budget and
has said the agency he’s been named to
run is a “sick, sad” joke.
Leandra English, Cordray’s choice,
is likely to press the issue. But whatever
the ultimate outcome, the real issue is
whether consumers end up with much
protection against financial abuses.
Trump has made his views clear,
tweeting that under Cordray the bu-
Outside the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau. MANUEL B. CENETA, AP
reau was “a total disaster.” Well, maybe
it was — for the institutions whose misdeeds were exposed and punished. The
bureau’s efforts included:
❚ Collecting $11.7 billion in relief for
more than 27 million consumers in actions against credit card companies for
abusive practices, banks for charging
erroneous overdraft fees and mortgage
companies for wrongful disclosures.
❚ Fining Wells Fargo $100 million for
setting up unwanted accounts for unsuspecting customers who knew nothing about what was going on.
❚ Creating a consumer-friendly
website to investigate and resolve
problems, as well as making complaints public so consumers could
avoid poorly performing institutions.
One ploy the industry and its allies
in Congress have been promoting is to
turn the bureau into a commission.
This might sound benign, but the Senate can too easily stymie a commission’s work by creating partisan gridlock or leaving so many vacancies that
the panel can’t function.
With Mulvaney winning the first
round in court and Trump in position to
nominate a new director, efforts to undermine this strong consumer champion are well underway.
Opposing view: Put a bipartisan
commission in charge of bureau
Richard Hunt
The Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau’s (CFPB) mission is far too vast
and far too important for a single director to play both judge and jury for nearly every financial decision Americans
make. The bureau has grown to 1,700
employees with an annual budget of
more than a half billion dollars.
And some believe its director has the
authority to unilaterally name an acting successor without a hearing or confirmation — something that has thrown
the bureau into a totally avoidable legal
donnybrook, tarnishing the agency and
distracting from its mission.
Regardless of who heads the CFPB
temporarily, a sole director at the CFPB
is unworkable. Congress needs to fix it
with legislation to create a bipartisan,
Senate-confirmed commission.
A commission provides long-term
stability, preventing the bureau from
swinging like a pendulum with each
new director. Other financial regulators
— the Commodity Futures Trading
Commission, Securities and Exchange
Commission and Federal Reserve — are
commissions or boards where the majority rules. And all have undergone or
are undergoing seamless leadership
changes without lawsuits or confusion.
For Americans seeking a mortgage
or opening a bank account, there is
nothing more important than ensuring
the agency tasked with protecting
them operates effectively. A bipartisan
commission of experts directing and
formulating policy would accomplish
this, ensuring consumers receive a balanced, deliberative, transparent and
thoughtful approach to regulations.
Some say that the commission
structure comes with its own set of
problems. No leadership structure is
perfect, but you have to ask which is
better for consumers: a group of people
with diverse viewpoints listening to
both sides regardless of who is in the
White House, or a sole director with a
one-sided ideological agenda. The latter sets up a situation where each director simply reverses what has been
done at the agency over the previous
five years.
This kind of uncertainty hurts consumers, small businesses and our
economy.
Richard Hunt is president and CEO
of the Consumer Bankers Association.
DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Obamacare repeal is
not dead. Far from it.
GOP tax bills are an
assault on health care.
Andy Slavitt
It has been just two months since
the Senate gave up on trying to pass a
series of health care bills that Americans had soundly rejected in poll after
poll. Yet the same Republican recipe for
health care is back on the table in the
form of the lopsided tax bill that the
Senate plans to vote on this week.
Many people are intimidated by the
idea of trying to understand the tax bill.
It’s a shame because, much like congressional budgets, tax bills reveal priorities. And GOP priorities haven’t
changed since the party failed to accomplish its three-part health care
agenda: Cut the money going toward
health care for low-income people, seniors and kids; use that money to cut taxes for upper-income people; and end
the federal protections that stopped
discrimination against people with
pre-existing conditions.
The dollars and cents of the House
and Senate tax bills point to the same
winners and losers as the earlier health
bills. The beneficiaries? Corporations
and wealthy individuals (particularly
those who stand to inherit large estates), who get large permanent tax
cuts. And like the health bills, these
cuts are paid for largely with health
cuts that would affect people with private coverage, Medicare and Medicaid.
To start, some $338 billion helping
millions of working-class Americans
pay for insurance is on the block to be
cut. Republicans argue these people are
being compelled to buy policies and so
neither they nor anyone else will be
hurt. That’s simply untrue.
Yes, there is a requirement that
Americans purchase health care or pay
a penalty, and the Senate GOP proposes
to remove it. And requiring people to do
something is not wildly popular. But
why does that requirement exist? Former Republican presidential nominee
Mitt Romney put it this way in 2011: “It
is fundamentally a conservative principle to insist that people take personal
responsibility as opposed to turning to
government for giving out free care.”
It’s also a good basic insurance principle — more people with insurance reduces everyone’s costs. The non-parti-
san Congressional Budget Office expects everyone’s insurance to cost 10%
more if the Senate GOP is successful.
The American Academy of Actuaries, an independent, just-the-facts
body, goes further and predicts “severe
market disruption and loss of coverage” as insurers stop offering policies.
That’s not all. In the tax bill passed
this month by the House, Americans
who have serious chronic conditions,
or pay for nursing home care or highcost medications, would not be able to
deduct medical expenses. Nearly half
have annual incomes under $50,000,
more than half are 65 and older, and
their medical bills are often crippling.
This assault on the sick fits with the
executive order the president signed
last month. It is designed to give insurance companies loopholes so they can
exclude people with pre-existing conditions, adding an effective surcharge
to policies that do cover people with
pre-existing conditions.
To pave the way for this tax bill, Republicans passed a budget that over 10
years allows them to grow the debt by
up to $1.5 trillion. So far, most of the
party's deficit hawks are suspiciously
silent. There is a half-hearted set of
GOP talking points claiming the economy will grow enough to offset those lost
taxes, but 37 out of 38 economists recently surveyed disagreed.
More likely, the $1.5 trillion budget
hole will be used to meet the objectives
of the failed health care repeal bills — to
make dramatic cuts to the Medicaid
and Medicare programs. Many of these
cuts will occur automatically. Under a
2010 pay-as-you-go law, Medicare will
automatically face draconian cuts of
roughly $250 billion over 10 years. And
three former Defense secretaries
warned that the tax bill would endanger national security funding, which
should make John McCain, chairman of
the Senate Armed Services Committee,
think twice before signing on.
Tax cuts for the wealthy? Health
care repeal? Call it what you will. For
this Congress and White House, they
are two sides of the same coin — gold
on one side, lead on the other.
Andy Slavitt, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors, ran the Affordable Care Act and the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services from
2015 to 2017.
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What we’re seeing in the Alabama
race for U.S. Senate is the dark side of
business ethics being applied to politics. In business, the goal is beating the
competition at all costs. It does not matter what you have to do or how shady it
is, just as long as the outcome is secured. Right and wrong don’t matter.
Laying off thousands doesn’t matter.
The only thing that matters is corporate
Darwinism.
Our president does not care how
Uber’s hack is the least concerning matter
smelly the frog is he has to kiss, just as
long as kissing that odoriferous amphibian yields the desired goal. Yes,
hopping in bed with an alleged ephebophile may not be one’s cup of tea, but
beating the Democrats at all costs is so
sweet and worth the warts — and they
will probably fade away as time passes.
Business, for so many executives,
has no ethics to it whatsoever. It’s all
about me over everything in the way of
my desires. Who cares how many get
hurt just as long as I win.
Gene Lockhart
Lexington, Ky.
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shouldn’t be shocking. What’s truly astounding is that millions of consumers
would voluntarily give up access to the
information stored on their phones for
the “privilege” of patronizing a business. Imagine if you call to order a pizza
only to be told that you first must provide a list of phone numbers and emails
for all the people you know. No one
would agree to this. Then, why do we do
it for Uber, Lyft and other companies
that have the arrogance to demand insight into our personal lives, which has
nothing to do with the services provided?
If you leave your front door unlocked,
would you be shocked if you’re robbed?
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Los Angeles
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Food fight: Gay couple, devout baker off to court
state of gay rights was 51⁄2 years ago,”
Mullins said. “When we left that bakery,
it didn’t even occur to us that there was a
law that protected us from what happened.”
Within days, they had made the decision to fight back. And as the wins piled
up, so did their resolve. A final victory at
the Supreme Court, Craig said, “would
be sending a message that when you’re
open to the public, you have to serve everyone equally.”
Richard Wolf
USA TODAY
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – When Charlie
Craig and David Mullins swung open
the door to Jack Phillips’ bakery on a
summer day in 2012, they were just going to see a man about a cake.
Now all three of them are going to the
Supreme Court — because, as it turned
out, Masterpiece Cakeshop doesn’t do
cakes for same-sex weddings.
The 5-year-old legal tussle over Phillips’ confections and the gay couple’s affections will reach its zenith next week,
when lawyers for both sides as well as
the state of Colorado and the United
States come before the nation’s highest
court to debate the expressive content
of a wedding cake.
In a Supreme Court term featuring
potential landmark cases on voting
rights, privacy rights, workers’ rights
and states’ rights, it is the justices’ third
date with same-sex marriage that’s
dominating the docket. It will test the
Constitution’s guarantee of free speech
and religion against state laws prohibiting discrimination.
The battle has taken a financial toll
on Phillips and an emotional toll on
Craig and Mullins, but neither side has
any regrets. Phillips is fighting for the
right of “creative artists” to choose what
they will sell. Craig and Mullins are
fighting for the right of LGBT customers
to choose what they will buy.
“I’m sure their feelings are as important to them as mine are to me,” Phillips
said one recent morning, taking a break
from decorating cakes to speak with a
reporter.
“I want him to have his own religious
beliefs and his own experiences and his
own ideas,” Craig said later that day in
his Denver home, surrounded by his
husband, dog and cat.
Then Mullins quickly added: “But
you cannot practice your religion in a
way that denigrates others or excludes
them from full participation in public
life.”
The three men haven’t spoken since
their brief altercation on July 19, 2012,
but next Tuesday won’t be the first time
they’ve met in court. Thus far, Craig and
Mullins have won at the Colorado Civil
Rights Commission and the state Court
‘Helped my faith to grow’
Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins say they were brought to tears when they were
denied a wedding cake by Jack Phillips. PHOTOS BY MATTHEW STAVER/FOR USA TODAY
‘We cried over this’
Phillips, owner of Masterpiece
Cakeshop, says designing a cake for a
same-sex marriage would be an act of
acceptance toward the union.
of Appeals. But the Supreme Court, bolstered in April by the addition of stalwart conservative and fellow Coloradan
Neil Gorsuch, could be a different story.
In the interim, Phillips has lost an estimated 40% of his business because he
has stopped making wedding cakes altogether. A workforce that once numbered 10 is down to four.
Mullins and Craig have endured the
initial pain and humiliation of being
turned away, wedding binder in hand,
as well as the residual impact of being
alert to other forms of discrimination.
The couple, together that day with
Craig’s mother, planned to order a concoction suitable for celebrating their upcoming marriage in Provincetown,
Mass. The party would be held back
home in Colorado.
Craig, 37, had grown up in a small
town in Wyoming and attended the
state university where Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student, was murdered in 1998, so he usually was alert to
discrimination. But on this day, his defenses were down.
“Just being a gay person in general,
you’re kind of on guard when you go into
public places,” he said. “That day, I
dropped my guard. … It was particularly
bad for me.”
“It’s embarrassing to admit that we
cried over this, but it’s true,” said Mullins, 33. “The pain of being publicly rejected in that way, and feeling that you
have no recourse — that this is just the
way people are allowed to treat you because of who you are and who you love
— is devastating.”
At the time, neither man knew that
Colorado had a law prohibiting such discrimination based on race, creed, color,
national origin, ancestry, sex, marital
status, disability — or sexual orientation.
“It says something about where the
Gays gain legal ground in China,
fighting for their rights in court
Violet Law
Special for USA TODAY
GUANGZHOU, China – Peng Yanhui
said he shuddered when he testified
three years ago about doctors using
electroshock therapy to try to change
his sexual orientation.
“I was very nervous,” Peng said. “I
screamed so loud when they poked my
arm with an electric shock (device).”
Peng, founder of LGBT Rights Advocacy in this southern Chinese city, had
gone undercover and sought out the bogus treatment to gather evidence that
doctors were falsely advertising a “cure”
for homosexuality on the Internet.
His lawsuit in 2014 alleged that
health clinics defrauded consumers, arguing that homosexuality had been removed from China’s official registry of
mental disorders in 2001. He won the
case.
Since then, more gays and lesbians in
China have felt emboldened to come out
of the closet and head to court to stand
up for themselves in this conservative
society, the world’s most populous nation.
In September, a gay husband was
awarded damages and an apology from
a mental institution that colluded with
his estranged wife to lock him up for
treatment for 19 days. This summer, a
homosexual food safety technician won
an appeal against an employer who suspended him after he tested HIV-positive. A judge ruled last spring that a
transgender man was unlawfully fired
simply because he refused to dress like a
woman at work.
“What we want is to thrust our issues
into the court of public opinion,” Peng
said.
China has no law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even
so, some have successfully filed lawsuits against unfair treatment based on
statutes governing employment, consumer protection and other issues.
Human Rights Watch issued a report
this month calling on China to outlaw
conversion therapy on gay people at
public hospitals and private clinics.
Even as China’s civil society has seen
To see Jack Phillips at work is to
watch a simple, white sheet cake blossom into an enchanted, blue and purple
winter wonderland.
He has designed cakes such as these
for decades, combining his love of art
and sculpture with his taste for textures
and flavors. Delicacies on display at his
Lakewood shop resemble penguins,
lobsters, flower baskets and tropical islands.
Since the civil rights commission demanded that he treat Craig and Mullins
the same as other customers, however,
he has subtracted wedding cakes from
his repertoire, at considerable cost.
Gone is the full-time decorator and
the full-time delivery man. Gone are
four young women who worked with
brides-to-be on busy Saturdays, before
Phillips closed up on Sundays. In their
place are security cameras, to guard
against the type of harassment that resumed in June with news that the Supreme Court would hear his appeal.
Phillips, 61, believes firmly in his refusal to participate in gay and lesbian
marriages.
“They’re asking me to use my artistic
talent, my time, my energy, to create
something special for their wedding,” he
said. “I feel that by my cake’s presence
there, that people would say, ‘Oh, he
made that? He’s OK with same-sex
marriage.’ ”
His voice cracked, as it often does,
when he spoke about the “humbling”
experience of representing other bakers, florists, photographers and graphic
designers before the Supreme Court.
“It’s caused me to examine what I believe and how I believe,” Phillips said. “It
has really helped my faith to grow.”
Yeti or Yogi?
Snowman
legend linked
to bears
Doyle Rice
USA TODAY
When Xiaoxiong, right, and Xiaojing wanted to hide their relationship from
their parents, they decided to find gay men willing to marry them.
NICOLAS ASFOURI, AFP/GETTY IMAGES
more crackdowns in recent years, LGBT
communities have flourished online
and largely under the radar. They organize through Sina Weibo, China’s microblogging service, which is similar to
Twitter, and hold weekly live video
chats to gain followers.
Marking its first decade in Chinese
society, PFLAG China, a Guangzhoubased organization that is not affiliated
with its American namesake, boasts 52
chapters across the country, including
some smaller cities.
Other groups are active. Beijing’s
LGBT Center raises its profile and donations by holding monthly fundraisers at
restaurants and bars. On the weekend
before Halloween, it threw a costume
party at a downtown pub.
In the courtroom, they win some and
lose some.
In April last year, a gay couple sued
but failed to obtain a marriage license.
Two months later, a 21-year-old lesbian
journalism student took the Ministry of
Education to court for approving inaccurate descriptions of homosexuality in
university textbooks but lost.
The high-profile cases have attracted domestic and international media
attention.
“It is less about winning but more
about increasing visibility and building identity for the movement,” said
Hong Tao, a University of Paris doctoral candidate who has studied the LGBT
movement in China.
“Visibility is very important for
LGBT in China because this is the only
way we can beat the censorship regime,” Peng said.
Such recognition is becoming more
critical after Beijing announced regulations in June that would scrub China’s websites clear of what the government considers malcontents, including any depiction of same-sex relationships.
As China’s LGBT advocates push
forth with more lawsuits to keep their
fight in the limelight, they debate the
best tactics to tackle the new rules.
“Some want to be more in your face,
but others prefer to sit back and be a
bit moderate,” Peng said. “All this only
makes us a broader movement.”
The Abominable Snowman, or Yeti,
is a mysterious, ape-like creature that
has been part of the mythology of Nepal and Tibet for centuries.
The real Yeti may not be so strange,
according to a study published Tuesday: New DNA samples of bones,
teeth, skin and hair of supposed Yetis
turned out to be from bears.
“Our findings strongly suggest that
the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears,
and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other,
similar mysteries,” said study lead scientist Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and
Sciences.
“This study represents the most rigorous analysis to date of samples suspected to derive from anomalous or
mythical ‘hominid’-like creatures,” the
study said, “strongly suggesting the
biological basis of the Yeti legend as local brown and black bears.”
The bears can grow as long as 7 feet
and weigh as much as 350 pounds.
“Clearly, a big part of the Yeti legend
has to do with bears,” Lindqvist said.
Would this technology work on
samples of America’s notorious Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch? “Yes, it definitely
would,” she said.
The study appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a peer-reviewed British journal.
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U.S. home prices climbed in September while the scarcity of houses on the
market hit a record low. The Standard
& Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, released
Tuesday, rose 6.2% in September from
a year ago, the largest gain since June
2014. It’s the 10th consecutive month
the index has risen to an all-time high.
In September, the fewest homes were
available in that month since 2001.
EMERSON RETRACTS $29B
BID FOR ROCKWELL
Emerson Electric is withdrawing its
$29 billion unsolicited takeover attempt for Rockwell Automation.
St. Louis-based Emerson had made
three offers, with the latest at $225
per share. But Milwaukee-headquartered Rockwell rejected it, saying a
combined company faced long-term
risks and that Emerson undervalued
Rockwell and its growth prospects.
SOUTHWEST CUSTOMERS
FACE PROBLEMS ON WEBSITE
Southwest Airlines customers on
Tuesday ran into problems with the
airline’s website for the second consecutive day. Travelers reported lingering reservation problems as well as
difficulties checking in for flights as
well as with checking flight status.
John Zimmer in 2012 co-founded Lyft, an outgrowth of a smaller service called Zimride. The start-up is now second to
Uber, though Zimmer is convinced Lyft ultimately will be tops in the United States. MARTIN E. KLIMEK/SPECIAL FOR USA TODAY
Undeterred by Uber, Lyft
says it’s destined to be No. 1
Lyft has gained steadily
on its rival over past year
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USA TODAY
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FOR SEARCH ALGORITHM
Google-owned YouTube has been
forced to apologize after a report that
its search algorithm was autocompleting phrases such as “How to have...”
with phrases such as “s*x with children.” YouTube apologized late Monday after BuzzFeed reported the
problem. “We are investigating this
matter to determine what was behind
the appearance of this autocompletion,” YouTube said in a statement.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Jackie Wightman hops in her Lyft ride and starts to
chat.
“My husband and I sold one of our
cars because we now just use Lyft in
the city,” says Wightman, in town from
Denver, where she works in sales for
consumer insights company InfoScout. “And we deleted the Uber app
after we saw how they were treating
women at that company.”
Her Lyft driver can’t help but smile.
He happens to be company president
John Zimmer, out for one of his occasional shifts behind the wheel to
sound out riders and test driver app
features.
“She’s not a plant, I swear,” Zimmer
says with a laugh during an exclusive
ride-along conversation with USA TODAY. “But it has been an exciting year.”
Wightman’s flattering summary
does neatly touch on a few big landmarks in what has been an explosive 12
months in the ride-hailing business.
Awareness of the taxi alternative has
increased thanks in part to Lyft barreling into more than 100 new cities in 2017.
Lyft claims that its service is now available to 95% of the population, up from
54% at the beginning of the year. The
company says it recently hit 500 million
total rides — the last 100 million coming
in just three months, or about 1 million a
day — and its valuation has doubled in
the past year to around $11 billion.
But market leader Uber also played a
role in commanding consumer attention, grabbing headlines for ignoring
complaints about sexual harassment at
its headquarters as well as for a variety
of corporate practices that now has regulators investigating.
Despite those issues, Uber reported a
10% jump in second-quarter bookings
over the previous quarter, according to
Bloomberg, and last summer hit 5 billion rides spread out across more than
70 countries. Uber’s resilience suggests
that for a majority of consumers, disgust over corporate misconduct doesn’t
always translate to ditching a reliable
service.
As private companies, neither Lyft
nor Uber report operational details or
revenue growth. But a variety of companies that track credit-card data suggest
that over the past few years, Lyft has
gained steadily on Uber. In data
prepared for USA TODAY by TXN Solutions earlier this year, Uber’s market
share had slipped to 75% from 90%
since 2015.
Uber’s valuation also has slipped according to some industry watchers,
from a high of nearly $70 billion to perhaps closer to $50 billion based on ongoing reports about SoftBank looking to
take a huge stake in the ride-hailing giant based on that lower valuation.
Zimmer won’t comment on such figures. But, he adds, “We feel that eventually we can be the biggest service in the
U.S.”
For his part, Zimmer’s calm demeanor — he is unfazed when a truck driver
lays heavy on the horn after Zimmer
quickly changes lanes in a construction
zone — extends to how he has chosen,
along with co-founder and CEO Logan
Green, to steer Lyft during a tumultuous
year. “Lyft was born into a world where
the competitor already existed and
wanted to kill us from Day One,” Zimmer
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Retailers ran out of some of the season’s hottest
items over the holiday weekend, a five-day stretch
that gave the industry a strong tailwind as it heads
into the all-important holiday season.
Fingerlings, the tiny monkeys that respond to
sounds and touch, are looking like they may be this
season’s most sought-after toy. Toys R Us had sold
out by Sunday morning and won’t start restocking its
shelves with the palm-sized toy until Friday. And by
Black Friday morning, the popular “Instant Pot” no
longer could be found on Kohl’s website, though the
all-in-one cooker was still available in its stores.
Those were just two of the many items scooped up
by the 174 million people who shopped in stores and
online from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday,
according to the industry trade group National Retail
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Supreme Court may
limit protections
for whistle-blowers
Verdict would be a major
victory for conservatives
Richard Wolf
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – Whistle-blowers
did not have a good day at the Supreme
Court on Tuesday.
The conservative-leaning court appeared likely to limit the whistle-blower
protections in the 2010 federal law
cracking down on Wall Street fraud and
abuse because of the specific way it was
written by Congress.
The verdict would be a major victory
for conservatives, who say judges
should interpret laws literally and agencies should not be granted discretion to
implement them differently.
It would be a loss for proponents of
the Dodd-Frank law, passed in the wake
of the financial crisis a decade ago, as
well as the Sarbanes-Oxley law of 2002,
enacted after the Enron securities-reporting scandal.
Both of those laws were intended to
protect employees who blow the whistle
on alleged wrongdoing. But the DoddFrank law defined whistle-blowers narrowly by specifying that they must notify the Securities and Exchange Commission, not just company officials.
“I’m just stuck on the plain language
here,” said Justice Neil Gorsuch, a stickler for reading the Constitution and laws
literally rather than contextually, during
oral argument. “How much clearer
could Congress have been?”
Gorsuch said two federal circuit
courts should not have upheld the SEC’s
action following enactment of the
Dodd-Frank law, when the agency said
internal whistle-blowing would be covered as well. He said that allowed the
SEC “to swallow a large amount of legislative power, and judicial power in the
process.”
The court’s more liberal justices ap-
The Supreme Court’s more liberal
justices seemed stumped by the
narrow wording of the Dodd-Frank
law. “It’s peculiar,” Justice Elena
Kagan said. ERIC THAYER/GETTY IMAGES
peared stumped by the language of the
law and resigned to having the whistle-blower protections narrowed.
“It’s odd. It’s peculiar. It’s probably
not what Congress meant,” Justice
Elena Kagan said. “But what makes it
the kind of thing where we can just say
we’re going to ignore it?”
The case dates to 2014, when Digital
Realty Trust fired its vice president of
portfolio management, Paul Somers,
following his internal complaints
about a supervisor’s actions. Somers
filed suit and won at both the federal
district and appeals courts, which
ruled that Congress’ intention was to
protect such whistle-blowing.
Kannon Shanmugam, the lawyer
representing the company, said the
SEC’s interpretation of the law was
“procedurally defective” and would result in “wild overbreadth” by allowing
too many whistle-blower complaints.
Daniel Geyser, Somers’ attorney,
said a reversal of the lower court rulings would penalize his client for keeping his complaint within the company
rather than going first to government
regulators.
“What he tried to do was do the
right thing and to honor the corporate
code of conduct,” Geyser said.
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pected, sending a strong signal that its
prediction of a 3.6% to 4% sales bump
this season is on track.
“We don’t necessarily draw straight
lines from this weekend to the rest of
the holiday season,” NRF President
and CEO Matthew Shay says. “Lots of
things can still change. But we’re certainly encouraged.”
Online shoppers spent $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday, making it
the biggest online shopping day
ever, according to Adobe Analytics. And many bought
and browsed with smartphones, making $2 billion
in mobile purchases, the
most in history, Adobe says.
But contrary to the oft-floated
idea stores are dying while online shopping overtakes them,
NRF found the largest segment of shoppers — 65 million — chose to visit an actual store as well as browse
with a keyboard.
They turned out to be the
Lyft
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says. “We never took that lightly. But
we also felt like we couldn’t affect what
was going on (at Uber), we could only
focus on ourselves. Whatever (new
Uber CEO) Dara (Khosrowshahi) does,
we’re just going to keep doing our
thing.”
In 2017, that included locking down
another $1.6 billion in funding to help
expand into new U.S. cities, opening
its first foreign operation in Toronto
and creating a new team focused expressly on self-driving car technology.
There also have been tweaks to the
service, including adding a luxury car
option in some cities (echoing Uber’s
debut as a black town car service) as
well as a partnership with Taco Bell
(allowing a stop at the fast-food eatery
hints of the UberEats delivery service).
most valuable customers as well,
spending 17%, or $49, more on average
than people who shopped at a store only
and $82, or 32%, more than those who
only clicked “buy” on a website.
While some “point to the Internet
and online-only shoppers as the precursor to some dramatic demise for the retail industry,” Shay says, “the truth is
that the shoppers who shop online only
spend less money than those who shop
either in store ... or across channels.”
However customers shop, running
out of a hot item can be perilous.
“Even with pretty good analytics
and forecasting we’re still seeing ‘out
of stocks,’ ” says Jill Standish,
senior managing director of
global retail for Accenture.
“And hopefully these out of
stocks will be something
they can order quickly and
get in ... If one retailer’s out of
it, you can certainly go grab
it from someone else.”
Fingerlings are
emerging as the
hottest toy of the
2017 holiday
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SAMUEL PASQUIER
But some ride-hailing industry
watchers suggest Zimmer has been too
nice when it comes to taking advantage
of a rival’s stumble.
“Lyft certainly made gains this year,
but I didn’t get the sense they had a killer instinct,” says Harry Campbell, a Lyft
and Uber driver and founder of TheRideShareGuy blog.
Zimmer shrugs off suggestions that
the road ahead will be bumpy. He points
out that ride-hailing companies currently cover just 5% of miles traveled in
the U.S. “The vision we’re talking about
is a full alternative to car ownership, so
it’s early days,” he says.
Ultimately, Zimmer says, consumers
will determine whether a company
thrives or fails based on the way it behaves as a corporate citizen.
“Technology companies can affect
billions of people, so there’s an additional responsibility you need to think
about,” Zimmer says. “I feel like we have
taken that seriously. From the beginning.”
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USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 3B
As automation kills jobs,
huge changes on horizon
Paul Davidson
USA TODAY
Automation could destroy as many
as 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030, but economic growth, rising productivity and
other forces could more than offset the
losses, according to a new report by
McKinsey Global Institute.
“The dire predictions that robots are
going to take our jobs are overstated,”
says Susan Lund, the group’s director of
research and co-author of the study.
“There will be enough jobs for everyone
in most sectors.”
Yet maintaining full employment will
require a huge overhaul of the economy
and labor market that rivals or exceeds
the nation’s massive shifts from agriculture- and manufacturing-dominated
societies over the past 165 years, the report says.
“I think it’s going to be a difficult transition,” Lund says.
Machines and artificial intelligence
are already spreading rapidly with the
advent of self-driving cars, software
that can respond to customer service inquiries and robots that can work assembly lines, flip hamburgers and check
store inventory.
In a study early this year, McKinsey
found that about half of all work activities globally have the technological potential to be automated, but the new report provides a more realistic assessment based on economic, social and
technical factors. It concludes that from
zero to a third of work activities could be
displaced by 2030.
In the U.S., 39 million to 73 million
jobs could be destroyed, but about 20
million of those displaced workers can
be shifted fairly easily into similar occupations, though they may take on slightly different tasks, the report says. That
Henry Kaufman calls
market stats ‘disturbing’
Adam Shell
USA TODAY
A worker assembles trucks in Louisville. As robots take over more jobs, millions
of workers will need to be trained for new occupations. TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/AP
means 16 million to 54 million workers
— or as much as a third of the U.S. workforce — will need to be retrained for entirely new occupations.
Globally, up to 800 million workers
could be displaced and as many as 375
million may need to learn new skills for
new occupational categories. Advanced
economies, such as the U.S., that have
higher wages are more vulnerable to the
adoption of labor-saving technology.
The employment growth needed to
replace the jobs eradicated will come in
part from automation itself — the new
workers needed to operate the machines, as well as the increased productivity and economic growth that automation will generate through bigger
company profits and higher wages.
Also, however, jobs will be created from
rising incomes and consumption, an aging population that will demand more
health care professionals and investment in infrastructure and renewable
energy, the study says.
Jobs most susceptible to automation are physical ones in predictable
environments. Those include workers
who operate machinery, prepare fast
food, collect and process data, originate mortgages and do paralegal and
accounting work.
Jobs safest from the effects of automation involve managing people,
high-level expertise and unpredictable
environments. They include engineers, scientists, health care providers, educators and IT professionals, as
well as gardeners, plumbers and elder
care providers.
As a result, high-wage workers are
expected to be less affected by the
sweeping changes because they have
skills that machines can’t replace.
Low-wage jobs also could grow rapidly, partly because they cost employers
less and so are often not worth supplanting with technology, while many
are in health care, such as home health
aides.
The Honda CR-V was named the 2018 SUV of the Year. MOTOR TREND
‘Motor Trend’ names sexy
Italian its Car of the Year
Magazine cites the ‘sheer joy’
of driving Alfa Romeo Giulia
Chris Woodyard
USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES – One of the most
prestigious awards in the auto world
was just awarded to a car that most
Americans probably still barely know.
Or maybe don’t know at all.
The Motor Trend Car of the Year is the
Alfa Romeo Giulia, a powerful and
sporty luxury vehicle loaded with Italian style from a brand that’s still trying
to gain a foothold in the U.S.
Motor Trend also gave its coveted
golden calipers to Ford’s F-150 pickup as
Truck of the Year and Honda’s CR-V as
SUV of the Year. But it’s the car award
that always garners the most attention.
In naming the Giulia, Motor Trend
cited “the sheer joy” that goes with driving the sleek car. And, of course, there’s
its engine, a 2-liter, 4-cylinder motor
with twin-turbochargers that puts out
280 horsepower. Motor Trend said Giulia has “a racy engine response and dynamic handling without a rough ride.”
It’s a big win for Fiat Chrysler, which
has been struggling to introduce the Alfa Romeo brand in an upscale luxury
market. Besides Giulia, it also has the
Stelvio SUV.
The award comes as the Los Angeles
Auto Show is due to open to the public
this weekend.
Famed
economist
weighs in
on Wall St.
“Motor
Trend”
says the
Alfa
Romeo
Giulia has
“a racy
engine
response
and
dynamic
handling
without a
rough
ride.” FIAT
CHRYSLER
The Ford
F-150
pickup
was
named
2018
Truck of
the Year.
MOTOR
TREND
Henry Kaufman, 90, the renowned
economist, former managing director
at Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers
and author of Tectonic Shifts In Financial Markets, shared his views with
USA TODAY on the future of the American worker, tax cuts and the middle
class, the retirement savings crisis and
risks facing computer-driven markets.
Kaufman is president of Henry
Kaufman & Co., an economic and financial consulting firm established in
1988.
Q: Robots are invading the workplace. Is technology a threat to middle-class workers?
A: The greatest challenge that workers face
and we as a society face
is that labor over a longer period of time will become more and more
obsolete. Labor will be
Henry
replaced by machinery,
Kaufman,
automation,
innovaauthor and
tion, robotics and artifipresident
cial intelligence (AI).
of Henry
Q: Won’t fewer jobs
Kaufman
& Co.
mean more problems
for politicians?
A: This would be a great challenge
to the nation’s social fabric and how
we maintain living standards for the
average citizen — how we put people to
work and how we retire them. How do
we handle this? We cannot all be computer specialists, and even if you are
computer literate, the obsolescence in
that area will increase very significantly as AI begins to make inroads.
Q: Worker wages and raises have
been lagging despite record corporate profits. Will tax cuts from federal lawmakers help the middle class
as much as promised?
A: I have not seen anything, so far at
least, that will really ease borrowing
that households have to do to maintain
their standard of living over the next
three to five years.
Q: The stock market is booming
and at record highs nine years into
the bull run. Should investors embrace the rally or fear it?
A: There are some statistics that are
a little bit disturbing. Stock prices are
very high. Price-to-earnings ratios are
very high. Interest rates are by historic
standards quite low. We also know
that there has been a huge amount of
borrowing by corporations in this recovery. These are all warning signs.
Q: Do those yellow flags point to a
big drop anytime soon?
A: We don’t yet have the conditions
that would suggest a misfiring.
Q: So what could cause the market
to misfire or sell off?
A: A misfiring could come from
computer problems in the financial
system that cause trading glitches. A
short-circuiting of major computers,
where prices change rapidly and it is
difficult to stop. Problems could occur
if there was an international military
event. But none of that is predictable
or immediately on the horizon. Other
possible causes are if the Federal Reserve tightened monetary policy significantly or if the U.S. dollar came under attack.
Q: Is there another financial crisis
looming?
A: There will be another crisis. But it
isn’t imminent.
Q: Is the economic optimism surrounding President Trump and his
proposed economic policies warranted?
A: There are a few things to recognize here. No president of the United
States, no secretary of the Treasury, no
chairman of the Federal Reserve, no
chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisers has ever forecasted or projected an economic downturn. So you
cannot really depend on the projections of those government officials.
Q: Any advice for middle-class
savers and investors as the bull market ages?
A: I would suggest some increase in
savings. Save somewhat more for a
rainy day. Conditions in the financial
markets can get somewhat better, but
they are already quite good. At this
stage of the cycle you don’t want to be
an aggressive risk-taker.
MONEY
4B ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
MONEY
Fed nominee
says ‘gradual’
rate hikes are
the way to go
Arby’s swoops in on
Buffalo Wild Wings
Powell also seeks to roll
back some regulations
USA TODAY
Fast-food chain to acquire restaurant in $2.4B deal
Nathan Bomey
Jerome Powell is expected to be
confirmed by the Senate and will
likely take over as Fed chair in
February. SAUL LOEB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Paul Davidson
USA TODAY
Federal Reserve chairman nominee
Jerome Powell told Congress the case
for a December interest rate hike is
“coming together,” and he supports legislation that would roll back some of the
sweeping banking regulations enacted
since the 2008 financial crisis.
In his confirmation hearing before
the Senate banking committee Tuesday,
Powell found himself in several testy exchanges with Democrats over his willingness to ease some rules on banks
without toughening any of them. And he
largely deflected Democrats’ questions
about the merits of the Republicans’
controversial tax-cut plan and its longrun impact on the national debt.
Powell, 64, is widely expected to be
confirmed as Fed chairman by the Senate and take the helm in February when
Janet Yellen, a Democrat, steps down.
Powell, who was nominated by President Trump this month, is considered a
middle-ground pick who largely would
maintain Yellen’s strategy of gradual
rate increases so as not to disrupt the
U.S. economy’s 81⁄2-year-old recovery.
But analysts have said he seems to be
somewhat more receptive to loosening
bank oversight.
“I think the case for raising interest
rates at our next meeting is coming together … I think the conditions are supportive of doing that,” Powell said.
The Fed has hiked its benchmark
short-term rate twice this year to a
range of 1% to 11⁄4% and signaled a third,
quarter-percentage-point increase is
likely at a mid-December meeting.
But with annual inflation still below
the Fed’s 2% target, Powell has been
among the core Fed policymakers arguing there’s little need to bump up
rates rapidly and risk disrupting the
recovery.
“I expect that will continue,” he told
committee members.
Powell said he backs a Senate bill
that would relieve large regional banks
of heightened Fed oversight and allow
banks with less than $10 billion in assets to make potentially risky trades
with their own money. Asked by Sen.
Jon Tester, D-Mont., if he’s concerned
about any of the legislation, Powell
said, “I really don’t see anything.”
And Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii,
pressed Powell on why it makes sense
to dial back oversight when banks are
already making record profits.
“Doesn’t it make sense to err on the
side of caution?” he asked.
Powell agreed but said some of the
rules were unnecessary and made financial institutions less efficient.
Powell said he strongly supported
the Fed’s independence from the
White House and Congress and opposes Republican proposals to audit
the Fed’s monetary policy decisions.
Wings. Beer. And Arby’s.
Fast-food chain Arby’s Restaurant
Group said Tuesday it reached a deal to
acquire Buffalo Wild Wings, which
promotes the slogan “wings, beer,
sports” in its advertisements, for
$2.4 billion in cash.
The deal comes in an ailing casual
dining sector as Americans have rediscovered home meals amid low grocery
prices and new delivery options. Competition from fast-casual competitors
and higher labor costs also are hurting.
Buffalo Wild Wings also had been
battered by a sharp increase in the cost
of chicken wings, although the cost is
down 20% from its high, according to
analysts at investment bank UBS.
The company has recently bolstered foot traffic with a half-price deal
on wings and has gleaned benefits
from investments in delivery.
Buffalo Wild Wings had been a “star
performer” in the sector for years but
recently “lost their value proposition
to families with kids,” NPD Group restaurant industry analyst Bonnie Riggs
said.
Arby’s, which has executed a deft
turnaround by emphasizing its core
identity as a fast-food chain with
unique products, could apply a similar
formula to Buffalo Wild Wings.
“What consumers are looking for is
value,” Riggs said. “It’s getting what
you paid for. They want quality products. They want fresh, but they want it
to be reasonably priced.”
The deal, which had been rumored
for weeks, calls for Arby’s to pay $157
per share in Buffalo Wild Wings stock.
AMERICA’S MARKETS
Arby’s Restaurant Group also will assume the debt of Buffalo Wild Wings.
“Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the
most distinctive and successful entertainment and casual dining restaurant
companies in America,” Arby’s CEO
Paul Brown said in a statement.
“We are excited to welcome a brand
with such a rich heritage, led by an exceptionally talented team. We look forward to leveraging the combined
strengths of both organizations into a
truly differentiated and transformative
multi-brand restaurant company.”
Arby’s private equity owner Roark
Capital Group is backing the deal.
“What consumers are looking for is value. It’s getting
what you paid for. They want
quality products. They want
fresh, but they want it to be
reasonably priced.”
Bonnie Riggs
NPD Group restaurant industry analyst
Activist investor Mick McGuire’s
Marcato Capital Management, which
had bashed Buffalo Wild Wings’ strategy and pushed for major changes,
agreed to support the deal. Marcato’s
criticism had culminated in a big shakeup in June when the restaurant
chain’s longtime CEO, Sally Smith, announced her retirement.
Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild
Wings has more than 1,250 locations in
10 countries. Arby’s has more than
3,300 in seven countries.
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Price
$ Chg
% Chg
YTD
% Chg
Bull won’t end
in 2018, fund
execs assert
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+5.6
-17.9
Acuity Brands (AYI)
168.04 +8.19
Positive company note, buy recommended.
+5.1
-27.2
Ulta Beauty (ULTA)
217.07 +10.38
Keeps overweight rating ahead of earnings call.
+5.0
-14.9
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Tractor Supply (TSCO)
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67.75 +3.03
+4.7
-10.6
Macy’s (M)
22.18 +.97
Rises as company buys back debt in strong sales season.
+4.6
-38.1
Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG)
19.39
Optimistic industry note, shares move higher.
+.81
+4.4
-17.2
W.W. Grainger (GWW)
211.57 +8.47
Nears month’s high as fund managers buy/increase.
+4.2
-8.9
AutoZone (AZO)
664.22 +26.27
Positive environment, shares climb along with peers.
+4.1
-15.9
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)
285.86 +11.34
Fund manager increases stake, catches second wind.
+4.1
-24.2
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
72.24 +2.85
Shares rise as it closes rst asset acquisitions from Rite Aid.
+4.1
-12.7
O’Reilly Auto Parts (ORLY)
Positive data in optimistic environment.
USA TODAY
Don’t count out the Wall Street bull —
which hit fresh highs Tuesday and turns
9 in March — in 2018, say top investment pros at two mutual fund firms.
Neil Hennessy, chief investment officer at Hennessy Funds, says he has
heard the doom-and-gloom talk: The
bull’s getting old. Stocks are pricey. A
big drop is coming. But he isn’t buying
into the negativity. “Everyone keeps
saying we’ve been in a bull market for
nine years, it has to end,” he says. “No. It
doesn’t have to end.”
The current bull reminds him of the
bull market that ran from 1982 to 2000.
A healthy consumer, strong corporate
profitability, steady economic growth
and lots of money on the sidelines that
could find its way into stocks support
higher prices, Hennessy argues.
Another reason he thinks the rally
will continue is a lack of “euphoria” —
such as everyone, everywhere talking
about the stock market. That’s not to
say Hennessy isn’t warning investors to
prepare for a correction, or a decline of
10% or more. Such a drop could occur, he
says, if the market suddenly suffers a
number of steep drops in succession
that causes investors to get fearful,
causing a “psychological shock” that
makes people feel they “gotta get out.”
Krishna Memani, chief investment
officer at OppenheimerFunds, says
stocks will rise for two reasons: a continuation of the “synchronized global
recovery and lack of inflation.”
“That’s it in a nutshell,” he says, adding that he doesn’t see the Federal Reserve hiking rates so aggressively that it
derails the economy or stock market.
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Fidelity Contrafund
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Negative analyst notes, shares remain under pressure.
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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
11.17
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Broadcom (AVGO)
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Plans to replace entire board of directors for Qualcomm.
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USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 5B
Hacks to help survive the holidays
Download these apps to
outsource all the hassle
“Shop Now” within the post, and you
can see which of your friends and family
have liked the same ad — which hopefully means that they will actually like
receiving the gift, too.
Between just those two social feeds,
you can shop at 21 million businesses —
most of which are small businesses. The
other place you should look on social is
Facebook Marketplace. This is great for
scoring sold-out gadgets and finding
hidden gems in your area.
Jennifer Jolly
Special to USA TODAY
Every year I love to think that I’ll have
enough time to organize, plan, cook,
clean, decorate, shop, mail out holiday
cards, go to parties and stay sane
through it all. Ha! Truth? Real life is
busier and messier than ever.
So rather than stretch myself too thin
again this year, I turned to some of the
world’s savviest life hackers, who
taught me how to outsource all kinds of
holidays hassles — including the stress.
You can thank me later.
Show me the money
Clear the clutter
I have people coming for the holidays, and my house is a hot mess. It’s
clean but cluttered, with summer stuff
crammed in closets, winter stuff piling
up in the guest bedroom and everyday
life happening around it all. A new service called Clutter fixed it all in less than
an hour.
Just call the service and arrange a
time for them to show up. They come to
you, photograph all your stuff, pack it
up, catalog it and store it in a secure
space nearby. Want it back? Just go online and schedule a delivery. They meet
you at your doorstep with your stuff.
Right now, you have to live in one of the
cities they service. But they are growing
faster than your collection of Christmas
collectibles (I hope).
Pricing: In parts of the San Francisco
Bay Area, for instance, Clutter charges
$84 a month for a 5 x 5 size storage
space, $117 a month for a walk-in closet
sized space.
Don’t buy it, rent it
A similar start-up called Omni not
only lets you store your stuff but rent it
out to other people, too. It’s a strange
take on the whole sharing economy but
one that’s working well for people such
as San Francisco public relations associate Chelsea Murillo.
“I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the
Say what you will about Facebook ads, they can be a great place to find gift
ideas, such as these Bombas socks. And who doesn’t need socks? BOMBAS
first time this year,” she wrote in an
email. “Within the first hour of starting
to plan I realized that getting all of the
stuff I need to cook and finding enough
chairs and tables was waaaay out of my
price range.” So she went to Omni and
rented “a table, chairs, turkey roasting
rack, chocolate fountain and a food processor — for a grand total of $50.” That
includes delivery and pickup. Sweet.
Shop your social media
Get all your holiday shopping done
while you’re scrolling through your social media anyway? Yes, please!
You know those ads that pop up
when you’re scrolling through your
Facebook or Instagram feeds? I used to
just ignore them, but then my mom got
the whole family those Bombas socks
that kept popping up in her Newsfeed.
And it was the perfect “something for
everyone” gift.
Complain as you might about ad-targeting and the whole election-ad mess,
it actually works pretty well for finding
great gift ideas. Especially if you know
how to train it. The next time you’re
surfing through your Facebook feed and
come across an ad, take a second to either give it a thumbs-up or edit it
through those three little dots in the upper right-hand corner of the ad. If you
click “Manage your ad preferences,”
you’ll see audiences you’re a part of that
influence which ads you see. You can
view and adjust your ad preferences and
find out more about how Facebook decides which ads to show you.
Same goes for Instagram. Next time
you’re browsing and run across a sponsored post, click the three dots on top
right to either hide it, report it or find out
more about managing what’s marketed
to you. You’ll also see the option to
A lot of the time when you buy something you’re entitled to a refund if the
price drops — which it almost always
does — but you don’t know it. This holiday season alone Americans are expected to lose some $15 billion in unclaimed
refunds from online retailers.
The Paribus app wants you to get
your money back. Download it, connect
it to your email, and Paribus scans your
online shopping receipts for price drops,
files a digital claim and instantly deposits the refund back to your credit card.
It’s free and requires zero effort.
Earny works the same way, except instead of watching your email, it keeps
an eye on your creditcard statement —
and takes a percentage of the money it
gets back for you.
The trade-off: These apps access
your personal information, including
your email.
Capture the moment
Depending on where you live, you
can get just about anything on demand
these days. And now, even a personal
photographer.
Pretty Instant lets you hire a professional photographer in your area for
your family gathering, company holiday
party or even baby’s first Christmas.
For me, this year is all about affordable outsourcing. From finding a new
way to brush my teeth in a pinch to ondemand everything — let the holidays
begin — without all the stress!
Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Awardwinning consumer tech contributor. Email her at jj@techish.com. Follow her
on Twitter @JenniferJolly.
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6B ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
STATE-BY-STATE
ALABAMA Dothan: The city is look-
ing at mandatory spaying or neutering of pets before adoption, instead
of just having owners promise to do
so, The Dothan Eagle reports.
News from across the USA
NEW MEXICO Taos: Carson National
HIGHLIGHT: OREGON
Forest officials are investigating vandalism in the Miranda Canyon area. A
metal gate intended to stop dumping
of household trash and construction
debris was torn down.
ALASKA Kenai: A state health analy-
sis finds that about 6% of patients
accounted for $148 million in hospital
emergency department spending in
2016, The Peninsula Clarion reports.
NEW YORK New York: Mayor Bill de
ARIZONA Tucson: Conservation
NORTH CAROLINA Cullowhee: West-
groups have sued the U.S. Forest
Service to stop a proposed open-pit
copper mine near Tucson. The suit
says the Rosemont mine would destroy Coronado National Forest land
and threaten water resources.
ern Carolina University Chancellor
David Belcher goes on medical leave
Dec. 31 because of brain cancer.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: The state
Supreme Court has rejected using
legislator-directed grants from the
state’s surplus funds, a move that
threatens plans for a monument honoring Gold Star families, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
CALIFORNIA Santa Ana: A woman
convicted of conspiring to kill her
identical twin sister was paroled after
nearly two decades in prison.
COLORADO Telluride: Classes are
back in session at Telluride High
School under heightened security
amid a probe of social media threats.
CONNECTICUT Fairfield: The Halli-
well family may have to turn off its
intricate Christmas display of
300,000 lights because of neighbors’
complaints about traffic and parking,
The Connecticut Post reports.
DELAWARE Bear: State Police are
investigating the death of a man who
was struck by a car last week on a
road where people flock every year to
see elaborate Christmas displays.
Blasio signed a repeal this week of a
91-year-old “cabaret” law that banned
dancing at most nightspots.
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson shakes hands with Oregon Kid
Governor Dom Peters. MOLLY J. SMITH/STATESMAN JOURNAL
‘Kid Governor’ speaks
from no-bully pulpit
FLORIDA Lakeland: A train hauling
molten sulfur derailed Monday,
prompting Polk County officials to
ask nearby residents to shut off airconditioners and close windows.
GEORGIA Columbus: The city may
get its first solar farm, The LedgerEnquirer reports.
(Salem) Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
In front of a pair of television
cameras, a cluster of young students and a few teachers taking
pictures with their phones, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
leaned down to give a fifth-grader
his first class in media training.
“Tell them your name, you’ve
just been elected Kid Governor,
and what you want to do,” Richardson said, his hand on the kid’s
shoulder.
Dom Peters, 11, relayed these
suggestions into the microphones
in front of him, answering the final
questions of his inaugural news
conference as Oregon’s Kid Governor-elect.
His year-long term will begin
Jan. 9 with an inauguration at the
State Capitol.
During an assembly in front of
his classmates at Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks on
Monday, Richardson announced
Dom as Oregon’s first ever Kid Governor, elected by 1,350 voting fifthgraders from across the state.
In his two-and-a-half-minute
campaign video, Dom spoke of his
desire to end bullying and promote
kindness, drawing on his personal
experience being bullied at his former school. As Kid Governor, Dom
was decorated for the holidays near
a busy city intersection, The Lawrence Journal-World reports.
KENTUCKY Frankfort: The Kentucky Talking Book Library received
the James Carl Dotson award this
month for providing access to literacy, information, recreation and
community to blind and visually
impaired people around the state.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: John
HAWAII Wailuku: A Maui County
Council member wants a pilot project
to allow people to sleep in their vehicles overnight at South Maui Regional
Park, The Maui News reports.
IDAHO Boise: State Police are provid-
ing overdose reversal kits that
troopers can administer to police
dogs at risk of inhaling harmful substances in searches,
KTVB-TV reports.
ILLINOIS Chicago:
Chicago State University students are temporarily staying in hotels after a residence hall
pipe burst, leaving the
building without heat or
hot water.
INDIANA Jeffersonville:
State regulators fined Autoneum North America
$224,000 for alleged safety violations that were
discovered following a worker’s
death, The News and Tribune reports.
IOWA Fort Dodge: A man was or-
dered to repay $12,400 to his former
employer and $11,500 to the Iowa
Lottery for stolen scratch tickets, The
Messenger reports.
KANSAS Lawrence: Vandals damaged a stone buffalo sculpture that
OHIO Rocky River: Authorities say
divers found the body of a man who
went over a cliff and into the Rocky
River while running from police.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: Offi-
Connor Radnovich
wants to write and publish a short
book to teach kids about bullying,
then share that book with classrooms across the state.
He suggested creating a club for
students to write their own stories
about bullying to raise awareness.
“Together, I hope we can help
stop bullying in the state of Oregon,” Dom said to his school during
the announcement. His remarks
were met with loud cheers and applause from the assembled student body of about 175 students.
“He has a big heart,” his mother,
Concetta Maceira, said. “He genuinely cares about how other people
are treated.”
Dom, who lives in Gervais, was
one of eight students selected as a
finalist for fifth-graders in the state
to choose between. Other finalists’
campaign videos covered issues
such as ending child abuse, increasing access to health care and
helping foster children.
Oregon’s Kid Governor Program
was developed this year from an
initiative created in Connecticut a
few years ago. Oregon is only the
second state to adapt the curriculum, which consists of 15 lessons
on civics in addition to promoting
the Kid Governor election.
“If we teach it, they’ll understand it,” Richardson said. “This
is a great way to get kids involved.”
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The White
House previewed its Christmas decorations this week. First lady Melania
Trump opted for a traditional decor
but added wreaths hanging from the
exterior of every window.
NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: North Dakota
State University police are investigating pellet gun vandalism at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex and
elsewhere on campus, KFGO reports.
Schroeder will be sworn in as new
state treasurer on Dec. 5, following
his Nov. 18 special election victory.
MARYLAND Annapolis:
Police say a man reported by his family as
missing showed up at a
bank and tried to rob it,
Capital Gazette reports.
Police are asking
city leaders to set a
1 a.m. closing time
for restaurants to sell
alcohol Monday through
Saturday, for consistency.
The cutoff now varies,
The Oxford Eagle reports.
MISSOURI Crestwood: Police are
looking for thieves who broke into a
gun shop, stole rifles, and fired
shots at a worker at a neighboring
business. The worker wasn’t hurt.
after state lawmakers addressed a
$227 million budget gap, S&P Global
Ratings has maintained Montana’s
AA bond rating, The Independent
Record reports.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: Gov. Pete Rick-
etts has unveiled the design for the
state’s new anti-abortion license
plates. The “Choose Life” plates will
be available starting in January.
NEVADA Pahrump: Authorities say
MASSACHUSETTS Bos-
ton: A new state law
creates tougher penalties
for people who fraudulently use handicapped
parking placards.
MICHIGAN Flint: City
Council member Eric Mays,
accused of pawning his publicly owned laptop nine times, was
ordered to pay $300 and put in a
week of sheriff ’s work detail service, Flint Journal reports.
a man suspected of stealing 30 cans
of beer in an armed robbery was
found by sheriff ’s deputies responding to a call for medical assistance.
The Nye County sheriff ’s office says
Daniel Weldon suffered a self-inflicted pellet-gun wound.
PENNSYLVANIA Upper Darby: Police
in this Philadelphia suburb say a
75-year-old blind man was beaten
and robbed last weekend.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: Information technology outsourcing firm
Infosys says it’s opening a design and
innovation hub here and plans to add
500 jobs in the next five years.
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: A
University of South Carolina report
shows that the state’s drug monitoring program is reducing the number
of opioid prescriptions written for
Medicaid recipients, The Post and
Courier reports.
SOUTH DAKOTA Pine Ridge: Oglala
Sioux tribal police say they uncovered a liquor bootlegging operation
on the reservation, KOTA-TV reports.
TENNESSEE Nashville: Plans to
rebuild guest lodging at
Tennessee’s largest state
park were approved,
The Chattanooga
Times Free Press
says.
TEXAS Houston:
Wind power capacity in
Texas has surpassed that
of coal, The Houston
Chronicle reports.
UTAH Ogden: The city is
looking to use a $400,000
federal transportation grant to support commercial air service to Dallas,
Denver and Seattle, The StandardExaminer reports.
VERMONT Montpelier: A University
of Vermont student suspended this
fall after being accused of groping a
female student at an off-campus
party is suing the school.
VIRGINIA Portsmouth: A judge re-
fused to dismiss an indictment of a
City Council member facing fraud
and forgery charges after meeting
behind closed doors with attorneys.
WASHINGTON Kennewick: Authori-
ties are considering charges against a
man accused of shooting a goose
from a car at Columbia Park, The
Tri-City Herald reports.
WEST VIRGINIA Bluefield: Authori-
ties say an 8-year-old boy accidentally locked himself inside a gun safe at
a farm supply store. A locksmith was
called in to cut around the lock.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Durham: The
WISCONSIN Madison: State tree
University of New Hampshire’s
Agricultural Experiment Station has
donated almost 5,000 heads of
lettuce and 1,100 pounds of fish
grown in aquaponics systems to
food pantries and other places.
farmers say they’ll have enough
Christmas trees to meet demand this
year despite shortages elsewhere,
Wisconsin Public Radio reports.
MINNESOTA Bemidji: Authorities
say the bodies of a missing couple
were pulled from Upper Red Lake.
The pair were ice fishing when they
failed to return to Rogers Resort.
OREGON Salem: A coalition of Willamette Valley governments are close
to hiring a coordinator to help manage the growing homeless population, The Statesman Journal reports.
MISSISSIPPI Oxford:
MONTANA Helena: Two weeks
MAINE Portland: The Audubon
Society says the 2017 nesting season was the most productive on
record for Maine puffins in the Eastern Egg Rock colony.
cials say a proposal for a temporary
tax to fund teacher pay raises fell
short of signatures needed to qualify
for a vote, The Oklahoman reports.
NEW JERSEY Cherry Hill: A car
dealership will pay $150,000 to
settle a case alleging that Chinese
technicians were paid less than
other workers, Philly.com reports.
WYOMING Jackson Hole: Hundreds
of trumpeter swans have made their
annual migration to winter in National Elk Refuge marshes, The Jackson
Hole News And Guide reports. Biologists counted a record 437 swans.
Compiled from staff, wire reports.
USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ SECTION C
IN SPORTS
Controversy brewing?
CFP committee could be in no-win situation 2C
Twist in Yankees search
Carlos Beltran adds intrigue to manager search 4C
Partying in Vegas
Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his NASCAR title 6C
TRUEX BY JASEN VINLOVE/USA TODAY SPORTS
Bet on
legalized
sports
betting
SLOW AND
STEADY
Woods keeps expectations
low in his latest comeback
Overturning federal ban
is no longer a long shot
Josh Peter
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The politician
who has pushed as hard as any other to
legalize sports gambling in the USA offered up some inside information.
“I don’t bet,” U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., told USA TODAY. “People
think I’m a gambler because all of this,
but I’m not.”
Pallone, however, has helped turn
the idea of legalized sports betting
across the country from a long shot
into a safe bet.
With the federal ban on full-fledged
sports wagering outside of Nevada
now in place for 25 years, the smart
money is on Pallone and like-minded
allies to dismantle the Professional
and Amateur Sports Protection Act
(PASPA). Fifteen states have either introduced or enacted legislation to authorize sports gambling if the ban is
overturned, according to Sara Slane,
vice president of public affairs for the
American Gaming Association.
“You already are starting to see
states get in front of this issue,” Slane
said. “And again, I think that speaks to
the desire to want to administer sports
betting if they so choose to.”
The opportunity could come as
soon as 2018.
On Monday, the Supreme Court will
hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of PASPA, and the nine justices are expected to issue a ruling by
the spring. It’s worth noting that Utah,
a state that has no gambling, has
joined 19 states signing on to a court filing that challenges PASPA on the
Steve DiMeglio USA TODAY
TV coverage
N
Tiger Woods will begin his latest
comeback Thursday in the Hero
World Challenge alongside
reigning PGA Tour Player of the
Year Justin Thomas. Woods will
tee off with Thomas at 12:05
p.m. ET in the first round. Golf
Channel will provide coverage of
Thursday’s and Friday’s rounds
from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
ASSAU, Bahamas – Slow your roll. • Yes, he’s Tiger
Woods, the best player of his generation by miles, a winner of 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors, including four in a
row. The former world No. 1 for a record 683 weeks who left scars on
some of the game’s best players at the height of his powers. The
man who won the Masters by 12 shots, the U.S. Open by 15 and the
British Open by eight. The man who didn’t miss a cut for 142 consecutive starts, who won five or more tournaments in a season a
record 10 times. • Now for the flip side of the golf bag. He turns 42 on
Dec. 30. See WOODS, Page 3C
Tiger Woods hits a tee shot
during Monday’s practice round
for the Hero World Challenge.
KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS
NFL PLAYERS
WEAR CLEATS
FOR A CAUSE
See GAMBLING, Page 4C
Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis
works on shoes he will wear during the
NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” campaign.
Players will be allowed to wear
customized cleats during Week 13
games Thursday through Monday.
Christine Brennan column, 6C
Fifteen states have either
introduced or enacted
legislation to authorize
NEW YORK JETS
sports gambling if the
ban is overturned.
PICK YOUR
SPORTSLINE
FIRST WORD
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I will say it again... He deserves
better, and yet he gave his all
when Better wasn’t available..
REMEMBER THIS.. He Didn’t QUIT on
his TEAM a single damn Play!! let
that sink in.. HE NEVER QUIT A
SINGLE PLAY!!!
@realDonaldTrump
Former Giant Carl Banks on Twitter
about QB Eli Manning being benched
this week and having his streak of 210
starts ended. The Giants want to look at
backups Geno Smith and Davis Webb.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP has not
been on the bench since Nov. 21, 2004.
At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL
stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling
up. The American public is
fed up with the disrespect
the NFL is paying to our
Country, our Flag and our
National Anthem. Weak
and out of control!
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President Trump on Tuesday
on NFL player protests, the
fourth time in eight days he
has tweeted about the NFL.
LAST WORD
SPORTS WEEKLY
Conor McGregor would, I believe, have a really tough time
trying to transfer over from the
combat sport into the entertainment sport.”
Ohio State’s late run at a Big Ten title has a 2014 feel,
plus Dabo Swinney cherishes Clemson’s remarkable rise
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Controversy could be brewing
CFP committee
may face having
to weigh records
Where they stand
1. Clemson (11-1)
2. Auburn (10-2)
3. Oklahoma (11-1)
4. Wisconsin (12-0)
5. Alabama (11-1)
6. Georgia (11-1)
7. Miami (Fla.) (10-1)
8. Ohio State (10-2)
9. Penn State (10-2)
10. Southern California (10-2)
11. TCU (10-2)
12. Stanford (9-3)
13. Washington (10-2)
14. Central Florida (11-0)
15. Notre Dame (9-3)
16. Michigan State (9-3)
17. LSU (9-3)
18. Washington State (9-3)
19. Oklahoma State (9-3)
20. Memphis (10-1)
21. Northwestern (9-3)
22. Virginia Tech (9-3)
23. Mississippi State (8-4)
24. North Carolina State (8-4)
25. Fresno State (9-3)
Paul Myerberg
USA TODAY
Serving as a member of the College
Football Playoff selection committee is
an unpaid position, so keep that fact in
mind when considering the acid and vitriol that committee members face from
some of the most populous fan bases in
the Football Bowl Subdivision. The recent goings-on within Tennessee’s athletics department suggest it’s not the
most pleasant experience.
And it is unpaid, as noted.
So envy the job title and the seat at
the big table, but not the responsibility
— at the cost of sweat and time, the
committee attempts to take on the challenge of settling each season’s contentious championship debate.
It’s inevitable that committee members will come under fire, led by chairman Kirby Hocutt, who wears the bull’seye every Tuesday evening.
It’s only going to get worse. Barring
the status quo holding among this
week’s top four — Clemson, Auburn,
Oklahoma and Wisconsin, in that order
— the committee is headed for a potential no-win situation, one that will leave
multiple programs griping over their exclusion from the field and fuel the annual calls for a shift to an eight-team postseason format.
Not that a clean sweep from the top
four isn’t possible. Clemson will be favored in its matchup against Miami
(Fla.), which dropped five spots to No. 7
after its loss to Pittsburgh. Likewise
with No. 3 Oklahoma’s matchup against
No. 11 TCU, though Gary Patterson and
the Horned Frogs will be better for their
earlier experience against the Sooners
offense. No. 2 Auburn rolled past No. 6
Georgia once and will be expected to do
so again. Wisconsin has its detractors
but does one thing better than any team
from the Power Five leagues: win.
No. 5 Alabama and No. 8 Ohio State
loom above the proceedings. Alabama
had its clear path to the top spot but lost
in the Iron Bowl, meaning the Crimson
Tide enter the postseason without a division title, let alone the Southeastern
Conference championship. This didn’t
stop the Buckeyes from reaching the na-
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tional semifinals a year ago, but there’s a
difference: Ohio State was the Big Ten
Conference representative, thanks to
Penn State’s two regular-season losses.
“It’s close separation from Alabama,
Georgia, Miami, Oho State,” Hocutt
said. “Those teams are close. Very little
separation in the committee’s eyes for
teams five through eight.”
Alabama won’t have that luxury. You
can lock the SEC champion into the
field, whether that’s Auburn or Georgia,
and the Tide must hope for one dash of
chaos to re-enter the top four. Likewise
with Ohio State, which can eliminate
Wisconsin from the mix with a win in
Saturday’s conference championship
game but still can’t guarantee itself a
spot in the semifinals — like Alabama,
the Buckeyes need help.
But an Ohio State win will lead to
madness even if Clemson and Oklahoma hold serve against Miami and TCU,
respectively. It would force the committee to weigh two of its favorites — the
Tide and Buckeyes — in a head-to-head
matchup of résumés, with Alabama
touting just a single loss but Ohio State
carrying the seal of a major-conference
championship. Either way, one of college football’s premier brands will feel
wronged, and perhaps rightfully so.
“Obviously, when we’re comparing
like teams, that conference championship designation is very important,” Hocutt said.
And now imagine if Oklahoma loses.
In one sense, Clemson losing to Miami
doesn’t necessarily move the needle,
since the Hurricanes would simply take
the Tigers’ place in the top four. But if
combined with an Oklahoma loss, it
would muddy an already messy situation to the point where four teams could
stake claim to the final spot in the field:
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and TCU.
If this does happen — and ignoring
the possibility would ignore the fact that
college football has a strong tendency to
run off the rails — you’ll hear a growing
chorus pleading for an eight-team field,
citing the unsettled nature of this year’s
top four as evidence for a postseason
expansion. In reality, this year’s Playoff
push makes the opposing case.
There’s a reason the Buckeyes are
No. 8 in the rankings: those two losses,
especially the drubbing at Iowa that still
leaves a sour aftertaste with the committee.
There’s a reason Alabama is on the
outside looking in: The Crimson Tide
didn’t even win the SEC West Division.
Neither team would have played their
way into the Playoff; they’ll have backed
their way in.
The scenario where just one of Oklahoma or Wisconsin loses will either
leave a four-team field with two programs from the SEC, Alabama and Auburn, or two teams with multiple losses,
Auburn and Ohio State. Expanding the
format to eight teams doesn’t fix that
situation; it makes it worse. This year, it
might not be a matter of having too
many qualified teams to fill out the field
but not enough.
Expanding to eight teams might
make things easier on the committee, on
the other hand — though it’s not supposed to be easy. The group can hope for
wins from the top four, praying that the
eventual field of semifinalists is free of
major controversy, but even that might
not be enough. Alabama fans will call for
the Tide’s inclusion.
NBA
LeBron should give 76ers some thought
Jeff Zillgitt
Columnist
USA TODAY
PHILADELPHIA – J.J. Redick is a
smart man. He went to Duke, an excellent academic institution.
So when asked about any Ben Simmons-LeBron James comparisons, Redick slipped in this subtle recruiting
pitch. “LeBron, I think, is the greatest
player to ever play,” he said.
The statement was made for interested ears. In other words, “Hey, LeBron,
the Sixers would be a great team for you
to join in free agency after this season.
Come play with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Robert Covington,
Markelle Fultz, Amir Johnson and me,
J.J. Redick.”
If James, who can become a free
agent after this season, decides to leave
the Cavaliers, he could — and should —
consider the 76ers, and executives
around the league believe Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo will attempt to sign James.
The Sixers are an intriguing possibility, and if James’ goal remains competing for championships and Cleveland is
no longer the place, the Sixers can make
a compelling case.
Let’s start with rudimentary salary
cap issues. The Sixers are one of a few
teams that have significant salary cap
space to use in the summer of 2018.
They would need to make a few moves
to get close to a $34 million max salary
for James in year one, but it can be done.
Let’s also point out that James on
media day in September said nothing
has happened that has changed his
stance about finishing his career with
the Cavaliers. He also said, “Anytime I’m
able to be a free agent or my contract is
Cavaliers forward LeBron James can become a free agent after this season.
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ending, I’ll approach that when the
summer comes.”
But if not Cleveland, why not Philadelphia? As James gets older (he turns
33 on Dec. 30), he will need a younger
team filled with all-star-caliber players.
The Sixers check those boxes. Simmons
is 21, Embiid 23, Saric 23, Fultz 19, Covington 26, and Philadelphia has the
second-youngest team and the thirdmost inexperienced roster in the NBA
this season.
Embiid should be an All-Star this
season, and Simmons is headed in that
direction, and while Fultz’s rookie year
hasn’t gone as expected, he is the No. 1
overall pick from the June draft.
James has never played with a big
man like Embiid before, and both would
benefit from each other’s presence, and
a James-Simmons combo would present matchup problems for almost every team. James, Covington and Saric
can hit threes, and their size and athleticism would give Sixers coach Brett
Brown options on defense.
It’s known that James likes veterans,
too. That’s an easy solution. The Sixers
gave Redick (another solid three-point
shooter) a $23 million contract this season for the possibility of him taking a
discount next season to play alongside
James and for a chance to play in the Finals. Johnson is another solid veteran
who fits the model.
Plus, it’s proved that veterans looking to thrive with James and play deep
into the playoffs are willing to sign
team-friendly deals.
James, Simmons, Embiid, Covington, Redick in the starting lineup with
Saric, Fultz, Johnson, T.J. McConnell,
Richaun Holmes and Timothe LuwawuCabarrot off the bench.
James and Simmons share the same
agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, and
while that doesn’t guarantee anything,
Paul can deliver to James insight about
the Sixers’ operations.
James is already a fan of Brown, the
Sixers coach.
“The organization has done a great
job believing in Brett Brown’s system,
believing in what he wanted to do, and
they gave him time,” James said before
the Cavaliers beat the Sixers 113-91 on
Monday.
The Los Angeles Lakers are often
mentioned as a potential destination for
James, who has multiple Hollywood-related entertainment business endeavors and a home in the area. But would
his presence on the Lakers, even with
the addition of Paul George or DeMarcus
Cousins, make them a favorite in the
West against Houston or Golden State?
Houston and San Antonio also get
mentioned as landing spots for James.
Even though Spurs general manager
R.C. Buford and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey are known for creative
roster construction, the kind of moves
necessary for them to sign James would
turn salary cap gymnastics into an extreme sport.
James will have options, and if he
leaves Cleveland, Philadelphia is a place
where he can help revitalize a franchise
with history (last title in 1983), a committed fan base and talented young
players.
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NFL
Manning move doesn’t add up
McAdoo’s timing shows
little respect for Giants
veteran quarterback
Mike Jones
Columnist
USA TODAY
In a move that shocked the NFL community, New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo has decided to bench two-time
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning with five
games left in the team’s disaster of a
season.
“I have a lot of confidence in Eli as a
player, as a quarterback,” McAdoo told
reporters. “At this point it’s my responsibility for the organization to make sure
we take a look at Geno and at Davis
(Webb).”
Take a look at Smith, who was a bust
with the Jets, and Webb, a rookie thirdround pick? With five games left?
Look, it’s no surprise the Giants will
likely go a different direction at quarterback next season. But the fact that McAdoo would bench Manning — the face
of the franchise since 2004 — is surprising. And the timing displays little respect for Manning and questionable
judgment.
Said general manager Jerry Reese,
“This is not a statement about anything
other than we are 2-9 and we have to do
what is best for the organization moving
forward, and that means evaluating every position. I told Eli this morning that
an organization could not ask for any
more in a franchise quarterback. He has
been that and more. Nobody knows
what the future holds, but right now,
this is what we think is best for the franchise.”
But is it?
Sure, no one knows what the future
holds, and McAdoo said this doesn’t
mean the Manning era in New York has
ended. But you can’t put any stock in
that statement. It’s hard to envision Eli
in a Giants uniform next year. Not after
this. And not considering the fact he’s
owed a $5 million roster bonus on the
fifth day of the 2018 league year
(March).
It was already believed that Manning
could wind up elsewhere in 2018.
But the decision to essentially move
on from him with five games left in the
season is a head scratcher, and it’s unlikely to accomplish any good for the
franchise.
Neither Geno Smith nor Davis Webb
is a more talented or capable quarterback than Manning, even at the age of
36. And given the state of this team, the
Giants will not truly learn much about
either quarterback through this lateseason action, league insiders agree.
So moving on from Manning does
what exactly, other than risking further
Giants coach Ben McAdoo has decided
to bench quarterback Eli Manning.
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losing the locker room, oh, and ensuring
more losses and a better draft pick?
It’s possible the Giants already had
started to phone it in, but now that their
coach has made a move that many players (current and former) around the
league take as a sign of disrespect, it’s
unlikely McAdoo will get prime effort
from any player.
Even at 2-9, you never want to send
the message that the season is over. But
going away from a veteran such as Manning, who owns the NFL’s active start
streak of 210 games, is waving the white
flag.
Chalk it up to another poor decision
by McAdoo.
A year after finishing 11-5 after loading up on defense and then adding to
their offense in the offseason with the
paring of Brandon Marshall with Odell
Beckham Jr., nothing has gone right for
the Giants.
Marshall and Beckham were lost to
season-ending injuries early in the year.
Defensive players have clashed with the
coaching staff, and that unit has underperformed. An offensive line neglected
by team officials during the offseason
has failed to protect the quarterback
and pave the way for a quality running
game.
Manning isn’t to blame for any of
these factors. McAdoo is to blame for a
number of issues though.
But what’s interesting is despite the
disarray of the team under McAdoo, the
Giants owners pledged loyalty to him,
resisting outside pressure to fire him
during the season.
Just a few weeks later, however, McAdoo hasn’t displayed the same loyalty
and respect to the quarterback who has
meant so much to the franchise for the
last decade-plus.
The right thing to do was to let Manning finish out the season. But McAdoo
got it wrong and despite apparent support from Reese.
Can’t help but wonder if the coach
could wind up having to look for a job in
the offseason, not another quarterback.
GOLF
Setting expectations for Tiger’s return
Nancy Armour
Columnist
USA TODAY
Tiger Woods is trying to temper the
expectations for his latest return. Which
is understandable, given that he hasn’t
played a round of competitive golf since
February and has made just three starts
in two years.
It’s also probably unrealistic.
Fair or not, the inclination anytime
he tees it up is to see the Tiger of 2000,
and all the chatter about how good his
swing looks and how far he’s hitting the
ball does nothing to discourage that. So
let’s consider all the possibilities for Tiger 2017 and the realistic chances he has
of reaching them.
Make it through the first round,
playing back-to-back days and
finishing a tournament
“Looking back on it now, I look on it
as playing in slow-mo, but that was as
hard as I could hit it,” Woods said Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge in the
Bahamas. “I didn’t realize how bad my
back had become and how much I was
flinching and just how slow I was. I
didn’t realize it because it’s been a slow
degrading process. I thought I had some
speed, thought I was playing halfway
decent, shot some good scores, but now
I’ve looked back on it and, man, I didn’t
even have much at all.
“Now to come out here and be able to
do what I’ve been doing the last few
weeks with the guys, it’s been a lot of
fun.”
But tournament golf is different from
rounds with friends — even if they are
some of the best players in the world —
and this will be the real test of whether
this latest comeback is built to last or
will be short-lived.
Contending at a tournament
Again, it’s a low bar. But consider that
Woods hasn’t made the cut at a tournament since the Wyndham Championship in late August 2015 and didn’t make
the weekend in three of his five starts
before that. There is no cut at the Hero
World Challenge, and Woods missed the
cut at the Farmers Insurance Open last
year.
Woods said Tuesday that he hasn’t
decided on his schedule beyond this
week. But looking at what he’s done in
the past, it’s logical to think his next
Woods
ger an agonizing reaction.
For nine months, he needed help getting out of bed and often grabbed a club
not to hit a golf shot, but to use as a
crutch.
But after building his body back to
health following spinal fusion surgery
April 19, Woods says he’s pain free,
which he wasn’t at this time last year,
when he played just two more tournaments after teeing it up in the Hero
World Challenge. After slowly returning
to the game this time around one shot,
putt, chip and stinger at a time, he is
swinging freely, aggressively and without pain, surprising his friends, including Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Justin
Thomas and Dustin Johnson. There is
no hesitation with a club in his hand.
But there will be rust. How can there
not be? And while he has his power and
speed back, he has to gain a better control of his distance control. He hasn’t
walked 72 holes in four consecutive
days of competition, though he has
walked a considerable amount back
home in Florida — on the beach and on
the golf course. He won’t be able to drop
a ball on the fairway to hit another shot,
like he did during practice rounds the
last couple of months.
He’s less than eight months removed
from spinal fusion surgery in his lower
back, his fourth surgical procedure on
his spine since 2014. He hasn’t won
since 2013, signed his scorecard after
just eight rounds the last two years and
hasn’t played a golf tournament in 10
months. And he’s ranked No. 1,199 in the
world.
So when Woods makes his latest
comeback Thursday in the Hero World
Challenge at Albany Golf Course, the
same place he made his last comeback
last year, temper your expectations.
Woods certainly has.
“I’m just looking forward to getting
through these four rounds and having a
better understanding of where I’m at,”
Woods said.
Where he’s at is a lot better than
where he was. He didn’t have much of a
life the last two years as he dealt with
pain that left him bedridden at times,
left him unable to drive a car at times or
play with his two kids. Pain that made
him fear his next step, which could trig-
start will be at the Farmers, which is
Jan. 25-28 at Torrey Pines, one of
Woods’ favorite courses.
Woods says he intends to use this
week as a gauge for where his game is at.
Then he can take the next two months to
sharpen the areas that need it and, most
important, get physically fit to withstand the grind on a regular basis.
Making the cut
Some will scoff at such low bench
marks, but nothing is a given for a man
who’s had four back surgeries since
2014. He’s had to withdraw three times
in his last 18 starts, including his last appearance, at the Omega Dubai Desert
Classic.
Woods had spinal fusion surgery on
his lower back in April and said Tuesday
that he feels better than he has in years.
Friends who have played with him recently have raved about his health and
stamina.
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Tiger Woods has made three starts in
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This is trickier. Even without his back
woes, Woods will be 42 at the end of
next month, an age bracket not exactly
known for producing champions. Yes,
Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at 46,
and Vijay Singh won 22 tournaments after he turned 40.
But they are exceptions rather than
the rule.
Power and stamina lessen as people
age, and golfers are no different. How
many times have you heard a 40- or 50something say he doesn’t have the distance to contend with the long hitters
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Number of
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victories by
Tiger Woods
vs. the rest
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this week’s Hero
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NOTE There are 17 other golfers in the 2017 field.
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And he’ll have a scorecard in his
pocket for the first time since February,
playing against the best players in the
world, among them Johnson, the world
No. 1; Thomas, the reigning PGA Tour
player of the year; defending champion
Hideki Matsuyama and three-time major champion Jordan Spieth.
That’s a huge difference, moving
and even longer courses these days?
And how many times has Fred Couples
made a run at in the early rounds at Augusta National only to fade on Saturday
or Sunday?
Now, Rickie Fowler did tell Golf.com
two weeks ago that Woods was hitting it
“way by” him, and Patrick Reed echoed
that after their practice round Monday.
“I was shocked how fluid his swing
was and how far the ball was going. He
had some speed behind it,” Reed said.
“He’s always been a little longer than
me, but some of those drives today, he
got it out there.”
But the PGA Tour is not a cakewalk,
even if Woods can bomb it as he did in
the days of old. There’s arguably more
talent now than ever — think Jordan
Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas,
Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm, to
name a few — and the Tiger they know is
not invincible, a considerable psychological advantage over Woods’ opponents of his prime.
Again, this week will give a better indication — the field is a Who’s Who in
golf — but it will likely take a thinnedout field and a friendly course for Woods
to win again.
Winning a major
Not going to happen. Sorry.
Woods is playing with a rebuilt back
and hasn’t been at his best — or anywhere close to it, really — since 2013.
Just coming back after all that will be
victory enough.
from Wednesday to Thursday’s opening
round, where nerves start bubbling up
and the competitive fire starts heating
up. Playing a practice round is one thing;
writing down a score in competition is
quite another.
And Tiger knows that. He’ll be
searching for a rhythm to deal with the
round, the competition and the elements. And he’ll be taking notes on how
his body reacts in certain situations.
While his competitors and the golf
world want to see him come back
healthy and stay that way, hoping to see
the old Tiger roar again, it most likely
won’t be this week. That would be OK
with Woods. This time he’s taking
things slowly, working his way back one
shot, one hole, one round, one tournament at a time.
“I’m winging this because I don’t
know what my body can and can’t do
yet,” Woods said. “I just got the goahead a little over a month ago. I don’t
have any pain anymore in my back. I
have some stiffness. So I’m learning
that, what my body can’t do yet and
what it can do. Just going to take a little
bit of time.”
Hopefully, his back willing, he’ll have
that time.
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4C ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
Yankees’ search takes a twist
Adding of Beltran to mix
of managerial candidates
brings more intrigue
Jorge L. Ortiz
USA TODAY
The addition of Carlos Beltran’s
name infuses an intriguing twist into
the New York Yankees’ protracted managerial search.
The former star outfielder, who recently retired at 40 after helping the
Houston Astros win the World Series, is
scheduled to interview Wednesday, according to several news media reports.
Beltran brings many of the qualities
general manager Brian Cashman has
outlined for the position, especially the
ability to connect with young players
and handle the unique challenges New
York presents.
Of course, there’s also the matter of
taking the most prominent and highpressured managerial job in the majors
with not a whit of experience at the
helm, or even as a coach. That figures to
be Beltran’s biggest liability, though it
might not be a huge issue for Cashman,
who has said he’s seeking a “fresh
voice.”
It’s been more than a month since the
Yankees parted with Joe Girardi. Clearly, they’re not in a hurry to fill the job, but
that should come next month — one
would assume. Here’s a look at the six
confirmed candidates for the job, with
more likely to come.
Beltran: His influence with players,
especially youngsters, cannot be overstated, and it could be a major plus
when taking over a club that features a
nucleus full of relative newcomers including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez,
Greg Bird and Pedro Severino.
After the shellshocked Astros were
swept at Yankee Stadium during the
middle three games of the American
League Championship Series, it was
Beltran who restored their confidence
with a chat that reminded them how
good they were. The Astros took the
next two games at home on the way to
their first title. Young foundation players such as Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman swore by him.
As a former Yankee and Met, as well
as a year-round resident of the city, Beltran is well versed in the demands of
Carlos Beltran was a mentor on the World Series-winning Astros; can he manage
an entire ballclub of Yankees? JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA/USA TODAY SPORTS
New York and its voracious media. The
native of Puerto Rico is also bilingual, an
asset in communicating with Latino
players, and his stature as a nine-time
All-Star and potential Hall of Famer resonates with current players.
Hensley Meulens: The San Francisco Giants batting coach for the last eight
years, Meulens, aka Bam-Bam, was promoted to bench coach this offseason
and is viewed in some quarters as a possible eventual successor to manager
Bruce Bochy.
Meulens, who speaks five languages
and has an excellent rapport with the
media, managed the Netherlands team
to two extended runs in the World Base-
ball Classic and is revered in his native
Curacao for his work promoting baseball on the island. A former Yankees outfielder, Meulens, 50, also has experience managing in winter ball in Venezuela.
Oh, and he’s the Dutch equivalent of
a knight, after being presented the Royal
Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2012.
Chris Woodward: During a 12-year
career as a utility player, Woodward had
one postseason at-bat. But he has World
Series pedigree as a coach.
Woodward, 41, was the Los Angeles
Dodgers third-base and infield coach
the last two seasons, reaching the Na-
Gambling
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grounds that the federal ban infringes
on states’ rights.
Even if the Supreme Court upholds
the law, Pallone said he is gaining support on Capitol Hill to repeal the ban. He
compares the ban on sports gambling to
the prohibition of liquor, which, in case
you haven’t heard, was lifted in 1933.
“The only thing (prohibition) did was
to encourage organized crime and make
Al Capone and the rest of the guys more
powerful,” said Pallone, who this year
released a draft bill that would allow
states to legalize gambling and noted
that betting outside of Nevada “goes on
anyway, it’s just being done illegally.”
In fact, the American Gaming Association said PASPA has helped fuel a
$150 billion underground sports gambling industry that avoids regulation
and billions of dollars in taxes.
“The only group that benefits is organized crime,” Pallone said.
‘A concerted campaign’
Pallone no longer needs a bullhorn to
be heard on this issue. Other powerful
entities have joined the fight, most notably an organization headquartered
about a mile from Pallone’s office on
Capitol Hill. The nerve center of movement is now a seventh-floor office in
downtown D.C. that houses the American Gaming Association.
Funded by casinos, the association
has pushed for the legalization of sports
betting in part by building a coalition
that includes law enforcement, politicians and sports industry leaders. The
association has paid for much of the research being used to tout the benefits of
legalized sports gambling and this
month made its case during a conference call with reporters.
“This is a concerted campaign, unlike
anything since I’ve been studying this
issue,” said Sam Skolnik, author of High
Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s
Gambling Addiction. “The deck is
stacked in favor of the gambling industry in many ways in this country. What
that’s done is really altered the debate,
The American Gaming Association, fueled by casinos, has been a driving force to
remove the federal ban on sports gambling. JOHN LOCHER/AP
the legalization debate, and made it sort
of David vs. Goliath.”
Skolnik said the legalization of sports
wagering outside Nevada will trigger a
spike in addictive behavior and associated problems.
“If this is going to happen, regulations need to be put into place that recognize that this is going to have harmful
effects on many folks,” he said. “My concern is that not enough attention will be
paid to the likely damages that would
occur.”
But there is no formidable opposition
to the pro-sports gambling movement,
and even Dennis DeConcini, a former
U.S. senator from Arizona and the author of PASPA, said it might be time to
review the ban.
“It seems to be that the wise thing to
do would be to do some hearings on the
issue,” DeConcini told USA TODAY, “and
get the latest information as to sport as
to the capabilities to secure it so that it
doesn’t infiltrate with organized crime.”
Pro leagues coming around?
The pro-sports gambling movement
got a jolt in 2011 when New Jersey voters
approved a constitutional amendment
to permit sports betting. But pro sports
leagues challenged it, and five times the
courts ruled against New Jersey.
Now the Supreme Court has agreed
to hear the matter, with some legal experts saying that alone bodes well for
the pro-sports gambling movement.
Lawyers representing the NFL, Major
League Baseball, NBA and other sports
tional League Championship Series in
2016 and the World Series this year. Before that he coached first base for the
Mariners in 2015.
Much like Dodgers manager Dave
Roberts, Woodward carved out a long
big-league career mostly from moxie
and grit, playing every position but
pitcher and catcher after being a 54thround draft pick out of high school.
Aaron Boone: Another outside-thebox candidate like Beltran, Boone is best
remembered in New York for the 11th-inning home run that won Game 7 of the
2003 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox,
sending the Yankees to the World Series.
His managerial credentials mostly
stem from having played 12 years as in
infielder in the majors and being part of
a legendary baseball family, with his
grandfather (Ray Boone), father Bob
and brother Bret also having distinguished careers. Bob managed six years
in the big leagues, but Aaron has not
even coached.
Aaron Boone, 44, has been an analyst
for ESPN since 2010 and joined the network’s Sunday night broadcast crew in
2016.
Eric Wedge: By far the most experienced candidate on the list, Wedge led
the Cleveland Indians to the 2007 AL
Central Division title and the ALCS as
part of his seven-year stint with the
club. He also managed the Mariners
from 2011 to 2013, compiling a 213-273
record.
Wedge, 49, hasn’t managed at any
level since resigning from the Mariners,
later blasting their front office for its “total dysfunction and lack of leadership.”
He worked as an analyst for ESPN from
2014 to 2015 and served as a player development adviser for the Toronto Blue
Jays the last two years.
Rob Thomson: A member of the Yankees organization for 28 years and most
recently the bench coach for Girardi,
Thomson was the first candidate to interview.
Thomson, 54, has kept a low profile
but knows the organization well, having
worked in uniform as well as in player
development.
The Canada native had kept his managerial ambitions to himself until Girardi was dismissed Oct. 26 and appears
to be a long shot for the job. His one season of managerial experience came at
Class A in 1995.
leagues will argue in favor of PASPA during the Supreme Court hearings — but
likely with less zeal than they have in
the past.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has
suggested he is open to regulated sports
gambling, and this month Las Vegas
broke ground on a $2 billion NFL stadium that will be home to the Raiders as
soon as 2019.
Furthermore, this year the NHL
brought pro sports to Las Vegas, with
the Golden Knights in their inaugural
season — interpreted by the American
Gaming Association and others as another sign that pro sports has softened
opposition to sports gambling.
Geoff Freeman, president of the
American Gaming Association, said a
favorable ruling from the Supreme
Court would be welcome but not vital.
He said Capitol Hill support for a repeal
of the ban is growing, and a conference
entitled “The Future of Sports Gambling
in the U.S.” was held in the Russell Senate Office Building this month.
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is among
those who endorse congressional hearings on the matter.
“I think that it’s time to take a fresh
look at sports gaming and really gaming
in general in the Congress,” Gaetz, a
member of the House Judiciary Committee, told USA TODAY. “We haven’t
really reviewed the status of the law
since the wide-scale proliferation of the
Internet. The last time Congress made a
law in this space, the movie Wayne’s
World was being released.”
Gaetz said the Internet has changed
the landscape for sports gambling —
much of which is done on the Internet
through illegal offshore operators.
“The other reality that people have to
wake up and face is that our gaming
laws today are functionally unenforceable,” he said. “Within minutes, any
American can engage in sports betting
from their phone. That was never contemplated in 1992.”
That type of sentiment buoys Freeman, the American Gaming Association
president who has spent much of the
last three years spearheading the effort
to legalize sports gambling.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” he
said. “But we’re very optimistic that a
regulated market is around the corner.”
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E6
USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 5C
IN BRIEF
Two-game suspensions reduced
for 5,423 yards and 28 touchdowns.
❚ The Jimmy Garoppolo era is underway in San Francisco. The 49ers said
Tuesday that the quarterback, acquired
in a midseason trade with the Patriots,
will make his first start Sunday. He takes
over for C.J. Beathard, who suffered a
knee contusion and hip strain late in a
24-13 loss to the Seahawks. Garoppolo
came in and completed two passes for 18
yards and a TD in his 49ers debut.
The fight between Aqib Talib and
Michael Crabtree won’t prove as costly
to the players as the initial fallout indicated. The Broncos cornerback and
Raiders wide receiver had their suspensions reduced from two games to one
Tuesday after their appeals, the league
announced. Talib and Crabtree were
ejected in the first quarter of the Raiders’ 21-14 win after they became entangled and later threw punches. Before the
appeal decisions were handed down,
NFL vice president of communications
Joe Lockhart said the punishments
were delivered to send a message.
❚ Two days after being waived by the
Cowboys, RB Darren McFadden, 30,
announced his retirement. With Ezekiel Elliott serving his six-game suspension, Dallas turned to Alfred Morris
and Rod Smith. McFadden, runner-up
for the Heisman Trophy in 2006 and
2007, took to Twitter to say he is calling
it a career. Over 10 seasons, he rushed
Mississippi State eyes Moorhead
Mississippi State has decided on
Penn State offensive coordinator Joe
Moorhead as its next head coach pending the final details of his deal, a person
with knowledge of the situation told
USA TODAY. The person spoke on the
condition of anonymity because they
weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Moorhead oversaw one of the nation’s
most productive offenses the last two
years at Penn State. He’ll replace Dan
Mullen, who left Sunday for Florida.
NASCAR pioneer dead at 92
forget. For the first time, he was ejected
from a basketball game. That includes
1,082 NBA games for the Cavaliers star.
He was tossed against the Heat with 1:59
left in the third quarter. James missed a
shot as he drove to the basket and
thought he was fouled. He complained
and continued to yell at referee Kane
Fitzgerald, who gave him a technical
foul and then ejected him. The Cavs
were ahead 93-70 at the time. He had 21
points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five
steals. The Cavs went on to win 108-97
for their ninth victory in a row. He told
NBA TV: “I’ve never been thrown out in
my life. They always say there’s a first
time for everything. Tonight was the
night.” Fitzgerald told reporters his decision was based on “a couple different
acts. Immediately after the no-call, he
turned and threw an air-punch directly
at me and then he aggressively charged
at me and then he used vulgarity in my
ear a few times.” James had 56 career
techs before Tuesday.
From staff and wire reports
Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a NASCAR
pioneer mechanic and car owner, died
Monday at 92. The oldest surviving
member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame,
Moore, of Spartanburg, S.C., had been in
declining health for months. His Ford
teams once were a pillar of NASCAR,
along with Petty Enterprises, Wood
Brothers Racing and Junior Johnson
and Associates. Historians credit those
four teams with building the foundation
for what became modern stock car racing. Moore won what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1957 as crew chief for driver
Buck Baker. In 1962 and 1963, he won
team owner championships with driver
Joe Weatherly. Moore won 63 Cup
races as an owner.
— Mike Hembree
James ejected for first time
LeBron James achieved another first
Tuesday, albeit one he’d probably like to
FOR THE RECORD
COLLGE WOMEN’S
BASKETBALL
USA TODAY Sports Super 25
Rankings
School
W-L Pvs
1. Connecticut
5-0
1
2. Notre Dame
6-0
6
3. Miss. State
6-0
3
4. Texas
5-0 T-4
5. Louisville
6-0
7
6. S. Carolina
6-1
2
7. UCLA
5-1 T-4
8. Ohio State
7-1
8
9. Baylor
5-1
9
10. Oregon
5-1
10
11. Florida St.
6-0
11
12. W. Virginia
6-0
13
13. Tennessee
6-0
14
14. Stanford
4-3
12
15. Maryland
5-2
15
16. Duke
5-1
17
17. S. Florida
6-1
16
18. Missouri
5-1
19
19. Oregon St.
3-2
18
20. Michigan
4-1
22
21. Texas A&M
4-1
25
22. Kentucky
6-0 NR
23. Marquette
2-2
20
24. Villanova
5-0 NR
25. Syracuse
6-0 NR
Other receiving votes: DePaul (5-2) 44; North
Carolina State (6-1) 33; Iowa (7-0) 31; Wisconsin-Green Bay (5-1) 31; Oklahoma (3-2)
27; California (3-2) 24; Michigan State (4-1)
14; Georgia Tech (6-1) 13; Middle Tennessee
(4-0) 12; Miami (Fla.) (4-2) 8; Kansas State
(5-1) 3; Texas-Arlington (5-1) 3; Arizona State
(5-2) 2; Georgia (6-0) 2; New Mexico (7-0) 2;
Southern California (7-0) 2; Florida Gulf
Coast (6-2) 1; Indiana (4-2) 1; South Dakota
State (5-1) 1.
The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is
made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s
Basketball Coaches Association.
NFL
South
Tennessee
Jacksonville
Houston
Indianapolis
North
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Cleveland
West
Kansas City
L.A. Chargers
Oakland
Denver
W
9
6
4
4
L
2
5
7
7
T Pct
0 .818
0 .545
0 .364
0 .364
PF
325
224
228
174
PA
220
260
257
289
W
7
7
4
3
L
4
4
7
8
T Pct
0 .636
0 .636
0 .364
0 .273
PF
242
269
283
195
PA
269
168
285
300
W
9
6
5
0
L
2
5
6
11
T Pct
0 .818
0 .545
0 .455
0 .000
PF
258
236
199
166
PA
193
187
215
289
W
6
5
5
3
L
5
6
6
8
T Pct
0 .545
0 .455
0 .455
0 .273
PF
272
249
225
197
PA
236
202
261
280
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
Philadelphia
Dallas
Washington
N.Y. Giants
South
New Orleans
Carolina
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
North
Minnesota
Detroit
Green Bay
Chicago
West
L.A. Rams
Seattle
Arizona
San Francisco
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 20
Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16
Tennessee 20, Indianapolis 16
Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
Philadelphia 31, Chicago 3
New England 35, Miami 17
Carolina 35, N.Y. Jets 27
Seattle 24, San Francisco 13
Oakland 21, Denver 14
L.A. Rams 26, New Orleans 20
Arizona 27, Jacksonville 24
Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28
Monday’s Game
Baltimore 23, Houston 16
Thursday’s Game
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m.
Sunday’s Games
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Kansas City at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.
L.A. Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
NBA
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
Boston
Toronto
Philadelphia
New York
Brooklyn
W
18
12
11
10
7
L
4
7
8
10
13
Pct GB
.818
—
.632 41⁄2
.579 51⁄2
.500
7
.350 10
L
9
10
11
13
16
Pct GB
.550
—
.500
1
.421 21⁄2
.381 31⁄2
.200
7
L
6
7
9
9
16
Pct GB
.684
—
.667
—
.571
2
.500 31⁄2
.158 10
Southeast Division
Washington
Miami
Charlotte
Orlando
Atlanta
W
11
10
8
8
4
Detroit
Cleveland
Indiana
Milwaukee
Chicago
W
13
14
12
9
3
L
1
6
6
9
T Pct
0 .909
0 .455
0 .455
0 .182
PF
351
248
258
172
PA
191
270
276
267
W
8
8
7
4
L
3
3
4
7
T Pct
0 .727
0 .727
0 .636
0 .364
PF
322
248
265
223
PA
222
207
230
262
W
9
6
5
3
L
2
5
6
8
T Pct
0 .818
0 .545
0 .455
0 .273
PF
271
294
232
177
PA
195
264
261
252
W
8
7
5
1
L
3
4
6
10
T Pct
0 .727
0 .636
0 .455
0 .091
PF
329
266
203
187
PA
206
212
278
284
COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Auburn at Dayton
(CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Penn at Villanova (Fox
Sports 2, 7 p.m.); Rider at Providence (Fox Sports
Network, 7 p.m.); Clemson at Ohio State (ESPN2, 7:15
p.m.); Penn State at N.C. State (ESPNU, 7:15 p.m.);
Michigan at N.C. (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.); Chicago State at
Marquette (Fox Sports 2, 9 p.m.); Belmont at TCU (Fox
Sports Network, 9 p.m.); Miami (Fla.) at Minnesota
(ESPN2, 9:15 p.m.); Boston College at Nebraska
(ESPNU, 9:15 p.m.); Duke at Indiana (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.)
COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame at
Michigan (Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.); Florida State at
Iowa (Big Ten Network, 8 p.m.); Middle Tennessee at
Mississippi (SEC Network, 8 p.m.)
GOLF: PGA Tour of Australasia, Australian PGA Championship, first round, in Gold Coast (Golf Channel, 8
p.m.); European PGA, Sunshine & Asian Tours, AfrAsia
Bank Mauritius Open, first round, in Bel Ombre, Mauritius (Golf Channel, Thursday 1:30 a.m.)
NBA: Washington at Philadelphia (NBA TV, 7 p.m.);
Golden State at L.A. Lakers (NBA TV, 10:30 p.m.)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Boston (NBC Sports Network, 7:30
p.m.)
SOCCER: English Premier League, Manchester City vs.
Southampton (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m.); MLS
playoffs, Eastern Conference championship, second
leg, Columbus at Toronto (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest Division
Houston
San Antonio
New Orleans
Memphis
Dallas
W
16
13
11
7
5
L
4
7
9
12
16
Pct GB
.800
—
.650
3
.550
5
.368 81⁄2
.238 111⁄2
Northwest Division
Portland
Denver
Minnesota
Utah
Oklahoma City
W
13
11
12
9
8
L
8
8
9
11
11
Pct GB
.619
—
.579
1
.571
1
.450 31⁄2
.421
4
L
6
11
12
14
14
Pct GB
.714
—
.421
6
.400 61⁄2
.364 71⁄2
.300 81⁄2
Pacific Division
Golden State
L.A. Clippers
L.A. Lakers
Phoenix
Sacramento
W
15
8
8
8
6
Monday’s Games
W
10
5
5
2
USA TODAY/MMA JUNKIE RANKINGS
Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check
local listings.
Central Division
All Times ET
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
New England
Buffalo
N.Y. Jets
Miami
(SPORTS ON TV
Sunday’s Games
Cleveland 113, Philadelphia 91
Indiana 121, Orlando 109
Detroit 118, Boston 108
Portland 103, New York 91
Houston 117, Brooklyn 103
San Antonio 115, Dallas 108
L.A. Clippers 120, L.A. Lakers 115
Sacramento 110, Golden State 106
Tuesday’s Games
Cleveland 108, Miami 97
Phoenix 104, Chicago 99
Washington 92, Minnesota 89
Denver at Utah
Milwaukee at Sacramento
Wednesday’s Games
Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
The 2017-18 American Family Insurance
All-USA Preseason Girls Basketball team
was selected by Jim Halley of USA TODAY
based on past performance, level of competition and strength of schedule. Photo
galleries, athlete capsules and more at
usatodayhss.com
Shakira Austin, 6-5, Sr., F, Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Maryland signee averaged 18 points
and 12.3 rebounds at Colonial Forge
(Stafford).
Elizabeth Balogun, 6-1, Sr., W, Hamilton
Heights Christian, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Georgia Tech signee averaged 14.6
points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
Jenna Brown, 5-9, Sr., PG, Lovett School,
Atlanta
Stanford signee and grandniece of Larry Brown averaged 18.2 points, 6.2 re-
Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
DEALS
Thursday’s Games
Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Denver, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee at Portland, 10 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
NHL
HOCKEY
National Hockey League
NHL — Fined Chicago RW Patrick Kane
$5,000 for slashing and Minnesota D Matt
Dumba $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Placed G Matt
Murray on injured reserve.
All times ET
Monday’s Games
ODDS
Florida 3, New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4, OT
Montreal 3, Columbus 1
Winnipeg 7, Minnesota 2
Chicago 7, Anaheim 3
Pregame.com Line
NBA
Wednesday
Tuesday’s Games
Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 0
N.Y. Islanders 5, Vancouver 2
Columbus 3, Carolina 2, SO
Florida 5, N.Y. Rangers 4
San Jose 3, Philadelphia 1
Los Angeles 4, Detroit 1
Nashville 3, Chicago 2
Arizona at Edmonton
Toronto at Calgary
Dallas at Vegas
Wednesday’s Games
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at St. Louis, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Los Angeles at Washington, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Vegas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Toronto at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Arizona at Calgary, 9 p.m.
bounds, 4.1 assists, 2.7 steals as a sophomore. Missed last season with knee injury.
Samantha Brunelle, 6-2, Jr., C, William
Monroe, Standardsville, Va.
Averaged 25.0 points and 12.5 rebounds. Played on USA Basketball
Under-17 World Championship team.
Caitlin Clark, 5-11, So., PG, Dowling
Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa
Averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and
2.3 steals and made USA Basketball FIBA
Americas Under-16 team.
Charli Collier, 6-5, Sr., F, Barbers Hill,
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Texas signee averaged 23.8 points, 10
rebounds and 3.0 blocks
Aquira DeCosta, 6-2, Sr., W, St. Mary’s,
Stockton, Calif.
Baylor signee averaged 18 points and
12.5 rebounds.
Queen Egbo, 6-3, Sr., C, Travis, Richmond, Texas
Baylor signee averaged 17.5 points,
13.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks.
Katlyn Gilbert, 5-10, Sr., PG, Heritage
Christian, Indianapolis
Favorite
PHILADELPHIA
DETROIT
Oklahoma City
TORONTO
Miami
HOUSTON
NEW ORLEANS
SAN ANTONIO
DALLAS
LA LAKERS
Line O/U
Underdog
OFF OFF
Washington
12 218
Phoenix
6 (2121⁄2)
ORLANDO
8
206
Charlotte
1 (201)
NEW;YORK
OFF OFF
Indiana
5
218
Minnesota
8
195
Memphis
OFF OFF
Brooklyn
OFF (OFF) Golden State
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Wednesday
Favorite
Auburn
BOWLING GREEN
UCONN
CLEVELAND ST
INDIANA ST
George Mason
VILLANOVA
WILLIAM & MARY
Penn St
OHIO STATE
Line
Underdog
31⁄2
DAYTON
OFF
San Jose St
11
Columbia
11⁄2
Arkansas St
41⁄2
Air Force
21⁄2 JAMES MADISON
20
Pennsylvania
3
Marshall
11⁄2
NC STATE
2
Clemson
The rankings take into account a fighter’s
wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of
fights. Fighters are ineligible to be ranked
after they have been inactive for 24
months, either because of injuries, drug/
conduct suspensions, contract disputes or
self-imposed hiatuses. Fighters are ranked
in their primary weight class. Catchweight
fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or
negative impact on the ranking. However,
non-titleholders can be ranked in only one
weight class and, in most cases, they won’t
be ranked in a new weight class.
POUND-FOR-POUND
1. Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) UFC
2. Jon Jones (22-1-0) UFC
3. Conor McGregor (21-3-0) UFC
4. Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) UFC
5. Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) UFC
6. Max Holloway (18-3-0) UFC
7. Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) UFC
8. Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) UFC
9. Georges St-Pierre (26-2-0) UFC
10. T.J. Dillashaw (15-3-0) UFC
HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) UFC
2. Alistair Overeem (43-15-0) UFC
3. Fabricio Werdum (23-7-1) UFC
4. Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) UFC
5. Junior Dos Santos (18-5-0) UFC
6. Ben Rothwell (36-10-0) UFC
7. Vitaly Minakov (20-0-0) FNG
8. Josh Barnett (35-8-0) UFC
9. Francis Ngannou (10-1-0) UFC
10. Mark Hunt (13-11-1) UFC
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Jon Jones (22-1-0) UFC
2. Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) UFC
3. Ryan Bader (24-5-0) Bellator
4. Phil Davis (18-4-0) Bellator
5. Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0) UFC
6. Glover Teixeira (26-6-0) UFC
7. Volkan Oezdemir (15-1-0) UFC
8. Jimi Manuwa (17-3-0) UFC
9. Misha Cirkunov (13-3-0) UFC
10. Ovince Saint Preux (22-10-0) UFC
MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Georges St-Pierre (26-2-0) UFC
2. Robert Whittaker (19-4-0) UFC
3. Luke Rockhold (16-3-0) UFC
4. Yoel Romero (12-2-0) UFC
5. Ronaldo Souza (24-5-0) UFC
6. Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) Bellator
7. Chris Weidman (14-3-0) UFC
8. Kelvin Gastelum (14-3-0) UFC
9. Michael Bisping (30-9-0) UFC
10. David Branch (21-4-0) UFC
WELTERWEIGHT
1. Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) UFC
2. Stephen Thompson (14-2-1) UFC
3. Robbie Lawler (28-11-0) UFC
4. Rory MacDonald (19-4-0) Bellator
5. Colby Covington (13-1-0) UFC
6. Demian Maia (25-7-0) UFC
7. Douglas Lima (29-6-0) Bellator
8. Kamaru Usman (11-1-0) UFC
9. Rafael dos Anjos (27-9-0) UFC
10. Darren Till (16-0-1) UFC
LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Conor McGregor (21-3-0) UFC
2. Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) UFC
3. Justin Gaethje (18-0-0) UFC
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) UFC
5. Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0) UFC
6. Edson Barboza (19-4-0) UFC
7. Nate Diaz (19-11-0) UFC
8. Kevin Lee (16-3-0) UFC
9. Michael Chiesa (14-3-0) UFC
10. Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) UFC
FEATHERWEIGHT
1. Max Holloway (18-3-0) UFC
2. Jose Aldo (26-3-0) UFC
3. Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) UFC
4. Chad Mendes (17-4-0) UFC
5. Ricardo Lamas (18-5-0) UFC
6. Cub Swanson (25-7-0) UFC
7. Brian Ortega (12-0-0) UFC
8. Patricio Freire (26-4-0) Bellator
9. Chan Sung Jung (14-4-0) UFC
10. Darren Elkins (23-5-0) UFC
BANTAMWEIGHT
1. T.J. Dillashaw (15-3-0) UFC
2. Cody Garbrandt (11-1-0) UFC
3. Dominick Cruz (22-2-0) UFC
4. Raphael Assuncao (26-5-0) UFC
5. Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0) UFC
6. Marlon Moraes (19-5-1) UFC
7. Bibiano Fernandes (21-3-0) ONE
8. John Lineker (30-8-0) UFC
9. Darrion Caldwell (11-1-0) Bellator
10. Eduardo Dantas (20-5-0) Bellator
FLYWEIGHT
1. Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) UFC
2. Joseph Benavidez (25-4-0) UFC
3. Henry Cejudo (11-2-0) UFC
4. Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2-0) RIZIN
5. Ray Borg (11-3-0) UFC
6. Sergio Pettis (16-2-0) UFC
7. Jussier Formiga (20-5-0) UFC
8. Brandon Moreno (14-4-0) UFC
9. John Moraga (18-6-0) UFC
10. Wilson Reis (22-8-0) UFC
WOMEN'S POUND-FOR-POUND
1. Cristiane Justino (18-1-0) UFC
2. Amanda Nunes (15-4-0) UFC
3. Rose Namajunas (7-3-0) UFC
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1-0) UFC
5. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3-0) UFC
6. Barb Honchak (10-2-0) Invicta
7. Ayaka Hamasaki (14-2-0) Invicta
8. Julianna Pena (8-3-0) UFC
9. Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) UFC
10. Claudia Gadelha (15-3-0) UFC
WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Amanda Nunes (15-4-0) UFC
2. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3-0) UFC
3. Julianna Pena (8-3-0) UFC
4. Ronda Rousey (12-2-0) UFC
5. Cat Zingano (9-2-0) UFC
WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT
1. Rose Namajunas (7-3-0) UFC
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1-0) UFC
3. Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) UFC
4. Claudia Gadelha (15-3-0) UFC
5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0) UFC
NORTH CAROLINA 9
N. IOWA
2
TROY
7
N. ILLINOIS
PK
SOUTH ALABAMA 61⁄2
ALABAMA
11
TEXAS-ARLINGTON 17
ARIZONA
231⁄2
NEW MEXICO
2
NEBRASKA
3
MINNESOTA
5
Duke
10
NEVADA
11
UCF
Toledo
Auburn
BOISE ST
Clemson
Ohio State
FIU
FLORIDA ST
Oklahoma
Michigan
UNLV
Ill.-Chicago
Milwaukee
Southern Miss
Louisiana Tech
Rice
Long Beach St
Evansville
Boston College
Miami
INDIANA
Illinois St
National Hockey League
Wednesday
Favorite
MONTREAL
BOSTON
ST. LOUIS
Winnipeg
Line
-130
OFF
-195
-130
Underdog
Ottawa
Tampa Bay
Anaheim
COLORADO
T O/U
4 59
Underdog
Stanford
Saturday
Favorite
T O/U
Underdog
GEORGIA ST
4 46
Idaho
APPALACHIAN ST 15 60
La.-Lafayette
Ga. Southern
21⁄2521⁄2 CStL CAROLINA
ARKANSAS ST
1 59
Troy
NEW MEXICO ST 91⁄2 54 South Alabama
FAU
11 731⁄2
North Texas
Notre Dame signee averaged 16.8
points and 7.5 rebounds.
Shaylee Gonzales, 5-9, Sr., PG, Mesquite,
Gilbert, Ariz.
BYU signee led team to 5A state title,
averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 assists.
Zarielle Green, 6-0, Sr., G, Duncanville,
Texas
Tennessee signee averaged 17.8
points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
Destanni Henderson, 5-8, Sr., PG, Fort
Myers, Fla.
South Carolina signee led team to second consecutive state title, averaging
17.4 points, four assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Haley Jones, 6-1, Jr., W, Archbishop Mitty, San Jose
Led team to state Open Division title
game, averaging 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Dara Mabrey, 5-7, Sr., PG, Manasquan,
N.J.
Virginia Tech signee averaged 19.8
points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals.
Diamond Miller, 6-1, Jr., G, Franklin, Somerset, N.J.
82
57
49
49
47
53
55
65
63
Memphis
Akron
Georgia
Fresno St
Miami
Wisconsin
UMass
La.-Monroe
TCU
NFL
Thursday
Favorite
DALLAS
T O/U
1 44
Underdog
Washington
Sunday
Line
+120
OFF
+180
+120
College Football
Friday
Favorite
SOUTHERN CAL
7
21
2
9
9
6
1
26
7
Favorite
T O/U
Underdog
BALTIMORE
3 40
Detroit
1
1
CHICAGO
3 ⁄2 40 ⁄2 San Francisco
ATLANTA
3 47
Minnesota
New England
8 481⁄2
BUFFALO
Denver
1 38
MIAMI
TENNESSEE
6 42
Houston
JACKSONVILLE
9 41
Indianapolis
Tampa Bay
OFF OFF
GREEN BAY
Kansas City
3 44
NY JETS
NEW ORLEANS 4 48
Carolina
LA CHARGERS
13 41
Cleveland
LA Rams
7 45
ARIZONA
OAKLAND
7 421⁄2
NY Giants
Philadelphia
6 47
SEATTLE
Monday
Favorite
Pittsburgh
T O/U
51⁄2 43
Underdog
CINCINNATI
Led team to state Tournament of
Champions title, averaging 18.1 points,
6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, 6-4, Sr., C, WinderBarrow, Winder, Ga.
Connecticut signee averaged 16.2
points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks before a season-ending knee injury last
season.
Izabela Nicoletti Leite, 5-10, Sr., G,
Neuse Christian Academy, Raleigh, N.C.
Florida State signee averaged 20
points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists for
27-1 team.
Sedona Prince, 6-7, Sr., C, Liberty Hill,
Texas
Texas signee averaged 20 points and
six blocks, led team to 4A state championship game.
NaLyssa Smith, 6-2, Sr., F, East Central,
San Antonio
Baylor signee averaged 23.0 points,
18.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.
Christyn Williams, 5-10, Sr., SG, Central
Arkansas Christian, North Little Rock
Connecticut signee averaged 26 points
and 8.8 rebounds
SPORTS
6C ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
NFL
Players’ game cleats offer
support for social causes
can community and impoverished
areas. I’m a firm believer that we have to
move towards a solution. That’s exactly
what my program does. We find areas
where kids are falling behind and get in
front of the problem.”
Christine Brennan
Columnist
USA TODAY
In the midst of the turmoil roiling the
NFL over President Trump’s continued
criticism of some players’ national anthem protests, the league’s second annual “My Cause My Cleats” week has arrived.
USA TODAY talked to five NFL players who chose causes dealing with the
issues of social injustice, crime, police,
kids and schools. Here are their stories.
Matt LaCosse,
New York Giants tight end
Michael Johnson,
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
My cause: Bringing children together
with the police among various programs
of his MJ93 Fund, a Michael Johnson
Foundation.
My cleats: “I am part of the solution,”
featuring children and the police holding hands.
“With Colin Kaepernick doing what
he did, taking a knee, he opened up the
conversation. I remember speaking
with my dad last year and asking him,
‘Should I kneel?’ He earned a Purple
Heart as a Marine in Vietnam and his
parents were sharecroppers and at first
he said he didn’t care whether I did or
not, but then he came back and said to
me, ‘Colin has knelt, he’s done that.
That’s been done. There’s more to do.’
“When I was growing up in Alabama,
my mom and dad taught me to have a
vision. I had to set goals. I’m so blessed.
So when I came to Cincinnati, I started
working with kids here. I had a lot of requests, so my mom said I needed to officially start something so we could do
even more. That’s how we started the
foundation. The age group we focus on
is fifth through eighth grade. That’s a big
transition age. We bring in 20-30 kids
for stadium tours. I talk to them and
spend time with them. We talk about
overcoming obstacles and making good
decisions. We even recently spent time
putting together care packages to send
to the areas affected by the hurricanes.
“With the issues Colin brought up, we
wanted to bring in the police as well and
bring the kids together with a few police
officers so they could ask each other
questions and just be around each other. A lot of times, kids have a fear of the
police. I wanted the students to learn
about the proper way to conduct themselves if they are approached by the police. I want them to learn about what to
do if their rights have been violated. I
want kids and the police to be able to
talk to each other. I found out that the
Cincinnati police department wants to
create a mentorship program between
Cleats to be worn by Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson this weekend
include the message, “I am part of the solution.” CINCINNATI BENGALS
the kids and police. They said they were
motivated by what we’re doing. That’s
amazing.
“Colin did a great thing by opening up
the conversation. Every day I ask myself, ‘Am I part of the problem? Or am I
part of the solution?’ We all need to ask
ourselves that question every day.”
Brian Poole,
Atlanta Falcons cornerback
My cause: Working with children of
incarcerated parents through Eagle
Ranch, a community helping children
and families going through crisis.
My cleats: A photo of Poole and his
father.
“My father went to federal prison on
drug-related charges when I was in kindergarten and didn’t get out until I was
in the eighth grade. I always played
sports, football and basketball, and that
was tough without my dad. All the other
kids were going to the games with their
moms and dads, but it was just me and
my mom. I’d look over and see all the
parents cheering, and my dad was never
there.
“When I was in high school, he was
back, and it made my support system a
lot better, having two parents instead of
one. He had missed so much time, I was
just happy to have him there. He owns a
trucking business now. He doesn’t come
to every one of my games now, but a
good bit of them.
“I meet with kids in Atlanta and I tell
them my story. I’m no different than
them. I didn’t come from a whole lot. I
didn’t have a college fund. I’m big on letting kids know the type of family I came
from.
“I’m talking to them in first-person.
I’m not telling them things people told
me. I’m telling them things that happened to me. If your parents are locked
up, well, my dad was locked up. I really
know. I really understand where you’re
coming from. I grew up without my dad,
but I’m here. I made it. If your parent is
incarcerated, you can still do it.”
Demario Davis,
New York Jets linebacker
My cause: Partnering with the United Way on his Devoted Dreamers Academy, an annual seven-week summer
mentoring camp for kids in Jackson,
Miss.
My cleats: United Way.
“In Mississippi where I grew up, there
are a lot of kids in impoverished areas
who are falling through the cracks. My
goal is to catch those kids. We focus on
50-60 kids each summer entering fifth
grade to entering eighth. It’s my pride
and joy. As soon as the football season is
over, I start preparing for that summer’s
camp.
“I grew up in poverty. It was tough. I
remember times my mom was working
two and a half to three jobs to support
us. That’s just the norm. You don’t realize you’re living in an impoverished way
until you get out and see the rest of the
world.
“A lot of my friends fell through the
cracks. A lot of the same decisions my
friends made, I made too. But I had a
good mom and I got lucky. A lot of guys I
hung out with were way more talented
than me, but they didn’t go to college because of grades or they got into crime or
drugs or some other trouble.
“This season, our team has locked
arms during the anthem. I think it’s
good that we are focusing on a lot of issues, especially in the African-Ameri-
My cause: SocialWorks, Chance the
Rapper’s youth empowerment charity
in Chicago.
My cleats: Chicago Public Schools,
Chicago flag and skyline.
“I grew up in Naperville, in the Chicago suburbs, but my two best friends
grew up on the west side of Chicago and
were a part of the Chicago public school
system until they moved to Naperville. I
met them both freshman year. Their
names are Antonio Owens and Xavier
Garcia, and we were teammates all
through high school.
“I’ve heard their stories and I’ve
heard their struggles. They had to worry
about walking to school and all the gang
violence. They talked about how poorly
funded the Chicago public schools are
and how disadvantaged they are. This
wasn’t something that I necessarily
knew that much about as a kid growing
up, but it was something two people I
really care about lived with, so their stories inspired me to take up this cause.
“The NFL sometimes gets a bad rap.
A lot of people don’t look at all the good
the players, the coaches and the ownership are doing for our country and their
communities.”
Brandon Graham,
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end
My cause: Hosts his Select 100 football camp for high school boys and girls
in Detroit and is in his second year of
working with RISE (Ross Initiative in
Sports for Equality).
My cleats: RISE.
“I didn’t kneel. Putting my efforts toward helping kids in Detroit, my hometown, and in Philadelphia during the
season, that’s powerful enough for me.
But I definitely support Colin Kaepernick making that stand. We are all looking for change in our communities. We
don’t want to see bad things happen to
people of whatever color.
“With all the controversy this season,
people don’t highlight the good stuff
that’s going on. We have such a platform
through sports to influence a lot of people.
“Some people grew up hating people
they don’t even know. If we really get to
know people, to understand people’s
stories, to sit down and get to know
somebody, that’s how we’re going to
change things for the better.”
NASCAR
Truex celebrates ‘unbelievable’ season in Vegas
Mike Hembree
Special to USA TODAY
LAS VEGAS – Martin Truex Jr. will be
celebrated here this week as the first
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
champion from New Jersey.
He is from Mayetta, a small community near the Atlantic Ocean. It’s what
Truex calls the “good part” of New Jersey, somewhat isolated in the east-central part of the state but close enough
(60 miles) to Philadelphia to make him a
devoted Eagles fan.
Truex also grew up close enough to
the ocean to become all too familiar with
the erratic nature of the Atlantic, in
large part because, as a teenager, he got
to experience it directly. Truex worked
on clam boats owned by his father,
whose seafood company, based in
Maryland, puts dozens of boats onto the
Atlantic during the season.
Truex spent too much time afloat. His
adjectives for clamming: Dirty. Stinky.
Cold. Sweaty.
None of those will apply Thursday
night when Truex steps to the stage at
Wynn Hotel/Casino to accept NASCAR’s biggest prize. It’s the finish to a
remarkable story and, in these days of
one bad professional sports story after
another, an inspirational one. Truex
succeeded in his early years in NASCAR
Martin Truex Jr. earned the NASCAR
championship Nov. 19 by winning the
finale. MARK J. REBILAS/USA TODAY SPORTS
but eventually reached a point of nearno return.
The sport’s new champion was nearly one of its outcasts.
After winning the Xfinity Series
championship in 2004 and 2005, Truex
scored his first Cup victory in 2007, but
the next five seasons produced no wins.
He returned to victory lane in 2013 with
Michael Waltrip Racing, but that positive turned into a major downer in Sep-
tember of that year as MWR tried to manipulate the finish of a race at Richmond
with the intent of impacting the makeup
of the playoff field.
The MWR plan dissolved into scandal, and the deception resulted in Truex
being removed from the playoff field and
NAPA pulling its rich sponsorship from
MWR, eventually leading to the team’s
demise.
Truex could have been on the ropes,
or worse, but he got a glimpse of daylight when Kurt Busch left the Furniture
Row Racing team, creating a vacancy
team owner Barney Visser filled with
Truex for 2014.
There was no grand entrance, as
Truex went winless in that first season,
posting an unimpressive laps-led total
of one. That’s right, one.
But the team produced its first win
with Truex in 2015, and the next year
brought four victories and a circuitleading laps-led total of 1,809.
Then came the magic of this season,
Truex fighting through an imposing line
of obstacles to win eight times, the last
victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway
giving him his first championship.
For those who thought Truex and his
team might stumble in the face of moreexperienced competition in the playoffs, they instead intensified the fire.
His average finish across the 10 playoff
races was 4.3. Remove the Talladega Superspeedway race, in which he was involved in a multicar crash, and his average finish rises to 2.2. Virtually unbeatable.
After winning the title in the season
finale in South Florida, Truex flew to
New York City for the traditional media
blitz that awaits the champion, then he
escaped to the Florida Keys to fish with
friends. Next came a Monday visit to
Denver, where the Furniture Row team
is based, for a media appearance.
Truex arrived in the desert Monday
night, ready for his title to be cheered,
cataloged and saluted in numerous
ways along the Las Vegas Strip. He and
other NASCAR series champions met
fans and signed autographs Tuesday.
Wednesday will be highlighted by the
annual “Victory Lap,” as drivers parade
their race cars along Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Champion’s Week featured
event will be Thursday’s awards banquet at The Wynn, where Truex and his
team will be honored.
“Dream come true,” Truex said. “I
mean, it’s just as good as it gets. The biggest, most happy word in the world,
that’s what it is. I don’t know what that
— what is that word? Somebody got a
dictionary? It’s just unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ SECTION D
IN LIFE
E.L. James goes ‘Darker’
But Christian doesn’t add much; eeEEreview. 3D
James Franco directs a ‘Disaster’
And it’s an eccentric marvel; eeeE review. 4D
JUSTINA MINTZ
Jay-Z leads
the 2018
Grammy
Awards
nominations
with eight,
including
album, record
and song of
the year.
THE GRAMMY AWARDS
Hip-hop
giants Jay-Z,
Kendrick
Lamar lead
the field
2018 nominations are more
diverse than ever, but they
leave out some big names
MATT WINKELMEYER, GETTY IMAGES
Patrick Ryan
USA TODAY
A year after Beyoncé topped the 2017 Grammy
Awards nominations, her hubby is following suit.
Jay-Z leads this year’s pack with eight nods, including album of the year for 4:44, his critically acclaimed meditation on success, marriage and being
black in America. He is joined in the Recording Academy’s top category by Childish Gambino (Awaken!
My Love), Kendrick Lamar (Damn.), Lorde (Melodrama) and Bruno Mars (24K Magic).
It’s the first album-of-the-year nod for Jay-Z as a
lead artist, after being nominated as featured on Lamar’s Good kid, m.A.A.d city, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III and Beyoncé’s self-titled effort. With 21 wins
and 74 nominations, the 47-year-old rap titan
ties Stevie Wonder and conductor Georg Solti as
the third most-nominated artist in Grammys history, behind Quincy Jones (79) and Paul McCartney (78).
Jay-Z’s dominance is reflective of a more diverse slate across major categories, with hiphop and R&B artists eclipsing pop, rock and
country. In record of the year, his The Story of
O.J. is nominated alongside Gambino’s Redbone,
Lamar’s Humble., Mars’ 24K Magic and Luis
Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito featuring
Justin Bieber. Despacito is also nominated for
song of the year along with 4:44, Mars’ That’s
Kendrick
Lamar
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Maeve McDermott
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of Americans take
dietary supplements,
up 5 percentage points
from 2016.
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Ed Sheeran
Miley Cyrus
If there’s one category of performer Grammys voters love, it’s mainstream-accessible pop stars such as
Adele, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all of whom dominated the major categories in recent years.
That isn’t the case for the 2018 awards, with the
song, album and record of the year categories excluding many pop stars that seemed like shoo-ins.
Instead, the nominees for album of the year feature Bruno Mars and Lorde alongside hip-hop and
R&B releases from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. These artists also dominate record and
song categories, along with the smash-hit Despacito
from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin
Bieber. As a result, Grammys favorites such as Sheeran are relegated to the smaller pop categories.
Take a look at which artists also missed out on the
main categories — or failed to earn nominations at all.
Ed Sheeran
Kesha
Sheeran cleaned up at the Grammys in 2016 with
Thinking Out Loud, which took home the trophies for
See SNUBS, Page 2D
LIFELINE
THEY SAID
WHAT?
THE STARS’
BEST
QUOTES
Some big stars were
left out of the spotlight
PICK YOUR
He’s representative of many people in
institutions like this that do little or nothing,
they’re violated and their lives, their businesses are
ruined.” — Rev. Al Sharpton, after meeting with Meek
Mill in a Pennsylvania prison, where the rapper is
serving two to four years for violating probation on a
roughly decade-old gun and drug case.
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ROYALS REPORT
BY GEORGE(’S)
It’s going to be a “small”
wedding for Prince Harry
and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, or
at least smaller than the
usual royal extravaganza.
The two will marry in St.
MATT DUNHAM/AP
George’s Chapel at
Windsor Castle in May, Kensington Palace announced
Tuesday. The news was sent via a tweet a day after the
announcement that Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, were
engaged to be married sometime in the spring. Also,
Markle will accompany Harry on their first official public appearances in the U.K. on Friday when they visit
Nottingham for two separate events related to HIV/
AIDS and crime, both subjects on which the prince is
keen to raise awareness.
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2D ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
THE GRAMMY AWARDS
Fisher, Cornell, Cohen
receive posthumous nods
Maeve McDermott
USA TODAY
Carrie Fisher’s audiobook recording
of her memoir The Princess Diarist
could win the actress her first Grammy
Award, just one year after her death in
December 2016.
Fisher, whose narration of her November 2016 memoir is nominated for
best spoken word album, is one of the
many stars being honored posthumously by the Grammys this year. The Star
Wars icon previously was nominated for
a spoken word Grammy in 2009 for her
book Wishful Drinking.
Chris Cornell, the former Soundgarden frontman who died in May 2016, is
nominated for best rock performance
for The Promise. Released in March
2016, the song was recorded for the ending credits of the 2016 film of the same
name and was Cornell’s last solo release
before his death.
Cornell previously was nominated
for 12 awards and won two with Soundgarden in 1994 but never has been
Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016,
previously was nominated for a spoken
word Grammy in 2009 for her book
“Wishful Drinking.”
2013 PHOTO BY TRACEY NEARMY/EPA
awarded a solo Grammy.
Nominated alongside Cornell in the
best-rock performance category is
Leonard Cohen’s song You Want It
Darker, the title track to his October
2016 album, which was released weeks
before his death in November.
Cohen is also nominated for best
American roots performance for Steer
Your Way, another song from his final
album.
Cohen won an album of the year
Grammy in 2007 for his involvement
in the Joni Mitchell covers album River: The Joni Letters and was honored
by the Recording Academy with a lifetime achievement award in 2010.
In addition to Cohen’s Steer Your
Way, the American roots performance
category also honors the song Arkansas Farmboy by Glen Campbell, the
country legend who died in August. Arkansas Farmboy was released as part
of Campbell’s farewell album, Adios,
which he released in June.
Allman Brothers frontman Gregg
Allman, who died in May, is nominated
for two Grammys: best Americana album for his September release Southern Blood and best American roots
song for My Only True Friend.
Nominations
Continued from Page 1D
What I Like, Julia Michaels’ Issues and
Logic’s 1-800-273-8255 featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.
Michaels, Cara and Khalid all
scored nominations in the best new
artist category, which is rounded out
by R&B chanteuse SZA and rapper Lil
Uzi Vert, who had streaming summer
hits in The Weekend and XO Tour Llif3,
respectively.
This year’s nominees represent “a
great statement about diversity: not
only in terms of the artists, but the
membership that makes those
choices,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says. “It also shows
that hip-hop and urban music is so
prevalent. It pervades society to an extent where it really is reflective of the
times, and that’s how we would wish
to be presenting our nominations in
any given year. In some respects, it
may be historic, and that’s something
we’re very proud of.”
Lamar, with seven nominations,
and Mars, with six, also made strong
showings in below-the-line categories. Damn., Lamar’s third album-ofthe-year contender after Good kid and
To Pimp a Butterfly, is in the running
for best rap album, while its lead single, Humble., is up for best rap song,
performance and music video. Mars is
vying for R&B album against Gambino,
another major player with five nods.
Grammy nominations are voted on
by 13,000 industry professionals, with
more than 22,000 entries submitted.
In order to be eligible this year, recordings must have been released between
Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30.
The 60th annual Grammy Awards
will be broadcast live on CBS on Jan.
28 (7:30 ET/4:30 PT) from New York’s
Madison Square Garden. The ceremony, which has been held in Los Angeles
in recent years, returns to the East
Coast for the first time since 2003.
Who tops the list
Nominees in key categories for the
60th annual Grammy Awards:
Album of the year
❚ Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love
❚ Jay-Z, 4:44
❚ Kendrick Lamar, Damn.
❚ Lorde, Melodrama
❚ Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Voters didn’t find a “Million Reasons” to nominate Lady Gaga this year. JIM CHAPIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Record of the year
(goes to artist, engineers, mixers)
❚ Childish Gambino, Redbone
Snubs
❚ Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
feat. Justin Bieber, Despacito
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❚ Jay-Z, The Story of O.J.
song of the year and pop solo performance. Hit single Shape of You seemed
ready to repeat Thinking Out Loud’s
awards success, and fans had every reason to expect Sheeran’s 2017 album, Divide, to also be Grammys bait, with
experts predicting that the British singer would lead the pack of 2018 nominees. Add the fact that Divide is 2017’s
second-best-selling album, behind his
pal Taylor Swift’s Reputation, and a
Sheeran Grammys sweep almost
seemed preordained.
Take it as a sign of the times that
Sheeran barely appears on the nominees list, snubbed for all the major
awards and only earning two nods in the
pop categories.
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has previously been
nominated many times in the pop categories, while failing to break through to
a song or album of the year win. While
her 2016 album, Joanne, pushed Gaga’s
sound beyond the dance floor with
songs like Million Reasons, the release
wasn’t enough to earn her nominations
in any of the main categories. Instead,
Gaga will be competing with Sheeran in
the same two pop categories, with Million Reasons facing off against Shape of
You for best pop solo performance, and
Joanne and Divide both nominated for
best traditional pop album.
Katy Perry
Despite a string of nominations over
the years, Katy Perry has never won a
Grammy. Her 2017 release, Witness,
earned mixed reviews with critics, and
the Grammys felt similarly lukewarm
about the album, leaving Perry off the
nominees list entirely.
❚ Kendrick Lamar, Humble.
❚ Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Katy Perry didn’t “Witness” any
Grammys love. KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES
Not many were shot into orbit over
The Weeknd’s “Starboy.”
Kesha
Kesha’s comeback album, Rainbow,
was hailed as a triumph when it arrived
this summer, but that wasn’t enough to
boost the singer into the main categories. Instead, she will compete for best
pop solo performance and best traditional pop album alongside Sheeran and
Gaga.
The Weeknd
The Weeknd won two Grammys in
2015 for best urban contemporary album and R&B performance, and despite
the charts success of his 2017 release,
Starboy, and its eponymous single, he
only earned one nomination for urban
contemporary album.
Miley Cyrus
Cyrus earned her first Grammy nomination in 2015 for Bangerz, but couldn’t
replicate that success with 2017’s
Younger Now. Even with Cyrus’ newly
stripped-down sound, Younger Now
failed to score any nominations.
RICH FURY/GETTY IMAGES FOR IHEARTMEDIA
Song of the year
turing the successful title track. Yet
the Grammys just weren’t loving Lovato’s new music, leaving her off the
nominees list.
One Direction
All five former members of the boy
band landed in the top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts this year, with
Harry Styles impressing critics with
his self-titled debut album and Liam
Payne and Niall Horan earning breakout hits with Strip That Down and
Slow Hands, respectively. Unfortunately for Directioners, Styles, Payne,
Horan and their fourth bandmate,
Louis Tomlinson, all were shut out of
the Grammy nominations this year.
Zayn Malik, who departed the band
before their 2015 hiatus, earned one
nomination for best song written for
visual media with I Don’t Wanna Live
Forever, his single with Taylor Swift for
50 Shades Darker.
(goes to writers)
❚ Despacito (Luis Fonsi and Daddy
Yankee feat. Justin Bieber)
Written by: Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton
❚ 4:44 (Jay-Z)
Written by: Shawn Carter and Dion
Wilson
❚ Issues (Julia Michaels)
Written by: Benny Blanco, Mikkel
Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik, Hermansen,
Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter
❚ 1-800-273-8255 (Logic feat. Alessia
Cara & Khalid)
Written by: Alessia Caracciolo, Sir
Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury and
Khalid Robinson
Best new artist
❚ Alessia Cara
❚ Khalid
Alicia Keys
❚ Lil Uzi Vert
Casual Alicia Keys listeners may
have forgotten that the singer released
her album Here last November, making it eligible for the 2018 awards. Keys
received no nominations.
❚ Julia Michaels
Demi Lovato
Similarly, Lovato followed Confident’s nomination for best pop vocal album at the 2016 Grammys with a new album this year, Tell Me You Love Me, fea-
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s
“Despacito” is up for best song. AP
❚ SZA
For a full list of nominees,
go to life.usatoday.com
LIFE
USA TODAY ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ 3D
BOOK REVIEW
‘Darker’ doesn’t shed much light on Grey
Jocelyn McClurg
Columnist
USA TODAY
Back by popular demand … it’s Christian Grey.
E.L. James has delivered a fifth book
for insatiable fans of her erotic Fifty
Shades of Grey series, who just can’t get
enough of the kinky, titillating antics
between the gorgeous but damaged billionaire tech entrepreneur and his lipbiting lady love, Anastasia Steele.
With readers evidently still panting
for more after the original blockbuster
trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty
Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed),
James decided to re-enter the infamous
Red Room of Pain and retell the tales
from Christian’s point of view.
Grey, Christian’s version of Fifty
Shades of Grey, arrived in 2015 and was
an instant No. 1 USA TODAY best seller.
Now, here’s Darker (Vintage, 546 pp.,
eeEE), with Seattle’s bad boy of bondage narrating Fifty Shades Darker. Two
down, one to go!
With some 150 million copies sold
worldwide and two heavy-breathing
movie adaptations in the bag (the third
is on the way early next year), it’s easy to
see why James would want to dip into
this well again and again. But the thrill is
gone; recycling is just not very sexy.
Whatever you think of the novels’ literary merits or the characters’ sexual
proclivities, James filled some sort of
deep need in her (primarily) female
readers. The original books (dubbed
“Mommy Porn” by meanies) were narrated by Ana, an innocent 21-year-old
college senior (and a virgin!) who meets
the dazzling, mysterious 27-year-old
Christian when she interviews him for
her student newspaper.
Sparks fly, a non-disclosure agreement is trotted out and Ana has to decide if she’s willing to indulge controlfreak Christian’s alarming tastes in the
boudoir. (Hey, this is a family newspaper.) But what really made these books a
phenomenon is the romance. Watching
Ana fall in love. Watching Christian fall
in love. Watching Christian watch Ana
eat (or not). Watching Christian reveal,
bit by bit, his horrendous childhood. It’s
Dakota Johnson is lip-biting ingénue Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan is sexy-but-damaged billionaire Christian Grey in
the “Fifty Shades” movie trilogy. DOANE GREGORY, UNIVERSAL PICTURES
relive the explicit sex scenes
a redemption story. Elizabeth
from the male point of view
Bennet and Mr. Darcy, the
(with terminology that’s
NC-17 version.
more even graphic than in the
In the original trilogy, we
original books).
see Christian through Ana’s
Christian, fans know, is a
eyes. In Grey and Darker, we
“good man,” one twisted by
get Christian via Christian,
things beyond his control,
and his alluring arrogance
and an environmental- and
translates too often as Big
Third-World-friendly busiJerk. And it’s not very Alpha
nessman to boot!
Male for the formerly steely
It’s interesting in this culChristian to continually
tural moment to remember
whine, in italics, about his in- Author E.L.James
that Christian nailed it in Fifsecurities.
ty Shades Darker when he
This time around we get
more details about Christian’s business warned Ana about Jack Hyde, her slimy
deals (boring) and his relationships sexual predator of a boss. Darker offers
with former sexual partners/stalkers very few surprises, but it’s just as satisElena and Leila (eh), plus additional fying the second time when Jack gets a
flashbacks to his childhood (revealing if sharp boot where it really hurts.
Presumably, Christian will soon be
icky). But there’s just not enough supplemental material to justify 546 pages narrating Fifty Shades Freed. And then
of soggy rehash, unless you’re dying to we’ll be Freed at last.
BOOK REVIEW
It’s ‘Truluv’ as widower
and lonely teen connect
Patty Rhule
Special for USA TODAY
Arthur Moses is the antithesis of recent literature’s grumpy golden agers,
such as those in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge and the popular A
Man Called Ove.
The title character of Elizabeth Berg’s
charming new novel, The Story of Arthur
Truluv (Random House, 218 pp.,
eeeg), gets the nickname “Truluv”
from a motherless teenager named
Maddy he meets in the graveyard where
his beloved wife Nola lies. Every day, Arthur packs a lunch and heads to the
cemetery to talk to Nola, who died six
months earlier.
Maddy finds refuge among the headstones from the mean kids at school
who shun her. Her mother died when
she was 2 weeks old, and Maddy finds
little solace in her well-meaning but
emotionally distant father. Instead, she
sneaks out of the house to meet her cad
of a boyfriend, Anderson.
Arthur’s main companions are his indifferent cat, Gordon, who sometimes
eats from his dinner plate (realistic, but
blech), and Lucille, his lovelorn neighbor who occasionally cooks for him.
These lonely souls come together when
Maddy discovers she is pregnant. Kind,
good-natured and caring, Truluv opens
his home and his heart to the teenager.
Berg writes with a knowing hand
about each character’s angst and anguish. As Arthur passes by other headstones on the way to Nola’s, the stories
of the dead flicker into his brain, but his
memories and regrets about his life with
his wife are never far from his thoughts.
Overbearing Lucille never has wed
but gets a late-in-life chance at love.
Maddy, a gifted photographer, longs to
create a secure future for herself and her
baby.
These characters can be prickly — except for saintly Arthur — but they come
to each other with kindness and generosity of spirit.
Truluv is a novel for these conten-
Author Elizabeth Berg writes with a
knowing hand. TERESA CRAWFORD
tious times. We all could use a bit of Arthur’s ego-free understanding and forgiveness of fellow human beings.
When the inevitable happens in this
heartwarming novel, good luck convincing yourself that the lump in your
throat is just a sympathy response to
one of Gordon’s hairballs.
LIFE
4D ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
MOVIE REVIEW
James Franco wears eccentric well in ‘Disaster’
creation of the DIY movie, as well as the
friendship between Wiseau (Franco)
and fellow acting wannabe Greg Sestero
(Dave Franco, James’ brother), who
puts his entire life on hold to help Wiseau create his masterwork.
Greg becomes enamored with Tommy’s fearlessness after seeing him completely overact at a drama class — everything with this dude is like a Marlon
Brando line reading, done in an accent
that melds Eastern European and California surfer speak. They become pals,
even though Tommy asks him never to
inquire about his backstory, and he and
Greg struggle to see The Room come to
fruition. And there are obvious pitfalls,
from Wiseau needing umpteen takes to
get scenes right to crew members who
look at him like he’s a crazy person.
James Franco never pokes fun at his
highly eccentric subject — rather, he inhabits this strange character with a
sense of humorous awe and respect,
much like Johnny Depp in Ed Wood and
Jim Carrey as Man on the Moon’s Andy
Kaufman. Franco nails Wiseau’s
strange mannerisms, from his off-kilter
laugh to his goofy football-tossing style
to the nasty way he utters, “Oh, hai.”
More importantly, he captures the per-
Brian Truitt
Columnist
USA TODAY
It’s a miracle that The Room not only
exists but does so as a bona fide cult
classic, a movie so fascinatingly bad it
defies logic. At least the film paying tribute to said cinematic train wreck is actually quite good.
A hilarious comedy with enough personality clashes and drama to give it
some heft, The Disaster Artist (eeeE;
rated R; in select cities Friday, including
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, opens
nationwide Dec. 8) is director James
Franco’s enjoyable ode to the creative
process — any creative process, really.
It’s also one of Franco’s strongest roles
as an actor, capturing every little quirk
and quality of a definite eccentric.
The Disaster of the title refers to The
Room, the 2003 film by writer/director/
star/producer/unconventionalist Tommy Wiseau that found a devoted fandom, despite making little sense. (For
those who haven’t seen the modern
midnight movie, The Room centers on a
banker, played by Wiseau, whose fian-
Tommy (James Franco) tries to get
through a tough scene in “The Disaster
Artist,” which pays homage to the
2003 film “The Room.” JUSTINA MINTZ
cée cheats on him with his best friend.
It’s also a film chock-full of bad acting
and random plot threads that go nowhere.) Franco chronicles the chaotic
severance of a dreamer who refuses to
quit. (The real Wiseau is also independently wealthy, which helps in making a
$6 million movie that looks like it was
done for five bucks.)
A number of comedians and celebrities pop up in fun cameos: Franco pal
Seth Rogen has a sizable role as The
Room’s embattled script supervisor; Zac
Efron and Josh Hutcherson guest as
thespians in the movie-within-themovie; and Kristen Bell and Keegan-Michael Key lend their praises to the original in Disaster’s opening.
The film is an interesting beast, being
a sort-of biopic of someone who is
mostly unknown: If you’ve never seen
The Room, Disaster Artist might as well
be out-there fiction. The funniest material does call back to Wiseau’s “best
worst movie,” so while it’s not entirely
necessary, doing some preliminary
viewing homework is worth it.
Franco re-created parts of The Room
for use throughout Disaster Artist, his
best filmmaking venture to date. However, he makes a bigger impact in front
of the camera as a man we can’t begin to
wrap our heads around but who serves
as a bonkers metaphor for the very human need to create.
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STREAMING REVIEW
‘Mrs. Maisel’ is a rebellious antidote to patriarchy
Kelly Lawler
but she is perhaps akin to a lewd great
aunt. Wealthy and opinionated, Midge
tries and fails to fit into the life laid out
for her and so crafts a life of her own.
Midge is at first content with the life
her parents (Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle)
scripted for her: making
brisket, securing the
rabbi as a guest for Yom
Kippur, even taking off
and putting on her makeup while her husband, Joel (Michael
Zegen), sleeps. The
mother of two also
heartily supports Joel’s amateur attempts
at comedy.
Joel, however, is a
hack who is so insecure that after bombing onstage he admits
infidelity and leaves
Columnist
USA TODAY
It’s hard to take your eyes off of Midge
Maisel when she takes the stage.
Whether it’s at a café in New York’s
Greenwich Village or in front of a judge
or at her own wedding, the lead of Amazon’s new The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
(streaming Wednesday, eeeE) is a
commanding presence, a force who can
be as overwhelming as she is funny. She
speaks quickly and with purpose, she’s
effortlessly funny, and her infectious
enthusiasm radiates off the screen like
the bold jewel tones she wears. She is
the heroine you’d expect in a series
about a 1950s housewife-turned-standup-comedian by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls.
Mrs. Maisel, played with brassy
aplomb by Rachel Brosnahan, might not
be the second coming of Lorelai Gilmore,
Midge. She drunkenly returns to the bar
where he performed and finds herself
talking onstage about her husband, and
she’s pretty good at stringing together
jokes. Her filterless, hilarious rants
pique the interest of fledgling talent
manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein
of MadTV). Eventually, the pair start
work on Midge’s stand-up career.
Maisel stumbles slightly in its
second episode, which feels like an
alternate pilot. However, once
things kick off in Episode 3, the
series and its sterling cast shine.
Brosnahan is magnetic in a
role diametrically opposed to
the quiet types she has played
in House of Cards and Manhattan. Her performance makes
the series work, and she rattles
off twisty dialogue with ease.
Rachel Brosnahan is “The
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” AMAZON
Shalhoub, Hinkle and Borstein are all
exceedingly well-cast.
Rather than being nostalgic for the
’50s, Mrs. Maisel pokes at the past, its
flagrant feminism ever-present, ever
questioning. The series makes parallels
between the way Midge performed wifely duties and motherhood and her newfound natural ease onstage. Her standup is an act of rebellion, a profanitylaced defiance of sexism. While her jokes
may seem tame by today’s standards,
Midge’s daring is made clear when she’s
arrested for indecent behavior.
Maisel stays grounded in Midge’s
specific (privileged) experience. Like its
protagonist’s comedy, the series thrives
on the personal, turning one woman’s
journey into a story that feels particularly apt as women today are speaking
up about harassment and abuse.
Midge may have stumbled into comedy, but it’s just marvelous that she ended up there.
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Critic’s Corner
Kelly Lawler
USA TODAY
Vikings
History, 9 ET/PT
The eight-episode first half
of the fun historical drama’s
fifth season kicks off, with 10
episodes airing next year. In the
two-hour premiere, tensions
are mounting between the sons
of Ragnar Lothbrook as the Vikings threaten to move deeper
into England. While the Great
Army is on the verge of taking
York, King Aethelwulf (Moe
Dunford) and his family are still
in hiding, so Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) takes over
leadership of the Saxons trying
to defend the realm.
Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys
Meyers) takes the lead. HISTORY
Speechless
ABC, 8:30 ET/PT
The DiMeo family makes a
college visit and is joined by a
very special guest star. In a
wink to J.J. (Micah Fowler) and
Maya’s (Minnie Driver) love of
the reality TV show, former
Bachelor Nick Viall guest-stars
as J.J.’s new friend Tyson, a Bmovie actor who helps J.J. stay
out of trouble.
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The Goldbergs
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Star Star’s jealousy of Noah and Alex
grows. (N)
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85th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller
Center
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Benson must reveal past secrets. (N)
NOVA Revising memories.
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Law & Order Careless surgeon.
Law & Order The governor’s secret life.
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Titulares y más
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GoodFellas A young man confronts suspicion and violence within the New York Mafia. Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta (1990)
Ghostbusters Bill Murray (1984)
Treehouse Masters
Animal Cribs Condo remodeled.
Treehouse Masters: Branched Out Two musicians want musical treehouses. (N)
Casino Royale James Bond enters a high-stakes poker game to defeat a terrorist banker. Daniel Craig, Eva Green (2006)
Face Value (N)
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Real Housewives of New Jersey (N)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
What Happens (N) Warm-Up (N)
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
American Dad!
50 Central (N)
Casino Royale Daniel Craig (2006)
Life Two men survive prison by their wits. Eddie Murphy (1999) (7:00)
Bob’s Burgers
Face Value
King of the Hill
American Dad!
Cleveland Show
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Draft Day General manager for Cleveland Browns must make decision on draft day. (2014)
Family Guy
Draft Day (2014)
Shark Tank Foldable luggage.
Shark Tank Paleo meals.
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CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (N)
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Homestead Rescue Livestock fortress.
Homestead Rescue Mountain lions. (N)
Homestead Rescue Blacksmith shop.
Homestead Rescue Mountain lions.
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Stuck in the Middle
Bizaardvark
Raven’s Home
Stuck in the Middle
Liv and Maddie
Bizaardvark
Raven’s Home
Star vs. Forces
DuckTales
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DuckTales
Star vs. Forces
Pickle and Peanut
Rehab Addict
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Total Divas Trinity’s deception.
Total Divas Personal critiques. (N)
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Iron Chef Showdown
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The Ingraham Angle (N)
Four (2008) (6:25)
Fox News @ Night (N)
Home Alone A young boy accidentally left at home fends off two bumbling burglars. (1990)
Fantastic Four Team gains abilities during experiment. Miles Teller (2015)
The 700 Club
Fantastic Four Team gains abilities during experiment. Miles Teller (2015)
Taken 3 Framed for her death, a retired covert operative pursues his ex-wife’s killers. (2015)
Taken 3 Former operative pursues killers. (2015)
Family Feud
Idiotest
Family Feud
Family Feud
Family Feud
Idiotest
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
A Gift to Remember Woman helps stranger find his identity. Peter Porte (2017)
With Love, Christmas Ad executive teams up with coworker. Emilie Ullerup (2017)
Property Brothers at Home
Drew’s Honeymoon House (N)
House Hunters (N) International (N)
Vikings The Saga of Lagertha. (N)
Vikings Vikings continue to threaten England. (N) (Season premiere)
Vikings Viking threat.
Primetime Justice (N)
Forensic Files
Forensic Files
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (N)
Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery (N)
Forensic Files
Forensic Files
Forensic Files
Property Brothers Entrepreneurs.
Forensic Files
Murder in the Heartland (N)
Rush Hour LA cop and Hong Kong detective team up. Jackie Chan (1998)
Rush Hour LA cop and Hong Kong detective team up. Jackie Chan (1998)
Little Women: Dallas (N)
Little Women: Dallas (N)
Bring It! Viewing room ban.
All in with Chris Hayes (N)
The Rachel Maddow Show (N)
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (N) The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (N)
Catfish: The TV Show
Catfish: The TV Show
Are You the One? (N)
Drain the Ocean: WWII
Titanic: 20 Years Later
Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard
Titanic: 20 Years Later
Ultimate Rivals: Cat v. Dog
Africa’s Deadliest
Savage Kingdom: Uprising
Ultimate Rivals: Cat v. Dog
Full House
Full House
Fresh Prince
Friends
Full House
Full House
The Rap Game Testing foundation.
Floribama Shore Southerners party.
Fresh Prince
Friends
Black Love Initial issues.
Black Love Couples talk issues.
Black Love Marriage advice.
Black Love Marriage discussion.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Hot Date (N)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection Posh family in witness protection.
Hot Date
Street Science (N)
MythBusters Burglar myth.
Madea’s Witness
MythBusters Burglar myth.
MythBusters Water heater rocket. (N)
Friends
Bad Boys Two bickering detectives must pretend to be each other to get a witness to talk. Martin Lawrence (1995)
Friends
Hitch A romance coach helps men with women. Will Smith (2005) (7:30)
Street Science (N)
The Goldbergs
The A Word A reconnection. (N)
Hitch Will Smith (2005) (11:20)
Gladiator Russell Crowe (2000) (5:30)
Battle: Los Angeles Marines counter a deadly alien invasion. Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez (2011)
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Winchester ‘73 A cowboy searches for his stolen rifle. (1950)
My 600-Lb. Life Confined to bed.
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Full Frontal
Bend of the River Homesteaders journey to new community. (1952) (9:45)
My 600-Lb. Life Tracey suffers from the chronic condition, lymphedema.
Colombiana Seeking revenge for parents’ murders. Zoe Saldana (2011)
Mad Max (1985)
Conan (N)
Far Country (1955)
My 600-Lb. Life Confined to bed.
American Gangster Detective pursues drug kingpin. Denzel Washington (2007)
Expedition Unknown Australian Outback. Expedition Unknown Lost treasure.
Expedition Unknown Mythical kingdom. Expedition Unknown Mayan ruins.
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Inside Jokes
Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Loves Raymond
Mom
Mom
King of Queens
King of Queens
Inside Jokes
Faster A man takes revenge on fellow criminals. Dwayne Johnson (2010)
Mr. Robot Elliot tries to get ghosted. (N)
Wheeler Dealers ‘64 Falcon Ranchero.
Wheeler Dealers Best of. (N)
Graveyard Carz (N)
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
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Potluck (N)
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Trixie & Katya (N)
Expensive (N)
Desus & Mero (N)
Drive Me Crazy An unlikely pair creates a faux romance. Melissa Joan Hart (1999)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Executive and journalist fall in love. Kate Hudson (2003)
Faster Dwayne Johnson (2010) (11:01)
Wheeler Dealers ‘64 Falcon Ranchero.
Bronson (N)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Kate Hudson (2003)
Highway Thru Hell Pressed for time.
Highway Thru Hell Dangerous ice.
Top Ten Most Bizarre Bizarre weather.
Top Ten Extreme Jobs
Cops
Cops
Cops
Cops
Cops
Cops
Cops
Cops
MOVIE NETWORKS
Blake (Grant Show) tries to
give thanks. CW
Dynasty
CW, 9 ET/PT
The soap is airing on a different day this week due to CW’s
superhero crossover event on
Monday and Tuesday, but the
Carringtons are bringing the
drama to Wednesday night,
celebrating a belated Thanksgiving. Blake (Grant Show) tries
to throw the perfect family
Thanksgiving bash but he
clashes with both Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and Steven (James
Mackay).
Cinemax
Man on the Moon An oddball stand-up comic captures both TV comedy and
wrestling audiences’ attention. Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito (1999)
Encore
Phantoms A flesh-eating monster stalks
visitors. Peter O’Toole (1998) (7:21)
FXM
Footloose A Boston teen moves to a small town where dancing and rock ‘n’ roll are Footloose A Boston teen moves to a small town where dancing and rock ‘n’ roll are
banned. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough (2011)
banned. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough (2011) (10:20)
Hallmark Movies
Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through
the Snow Meghan Ory (2015) (7:00)
HBO
Kong: Skull Island Scientific expedition unknowingly crosses into realm of monsters Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
on island. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson (2017)
Lifetime Movie
Seduced by a Stranger A woman and a man become the target of a woman with
a broken heart. Chandra West, Steve Bacic (2017)
The Wrong Neighbor A father and his daughter become target of an obsessed
neighbor. Andrea Bogart, Steve Richard Harris (2017)
Showtime
Lincoln Abraham Lincoln works with members of both parties to pass the 13th
Amendment. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field (2012) (7:30)
White Famous
Kali’s music video.
Starz
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Ghostbusters Paranormal researcher, physicist, engineer and New Yorker battle
Food falls from sky and stirs trouble. (2009) spirits in NYC. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig (2016) (9:02)
Patriot Games A terrorist targets former
CIA agent. Harrison Ford (1992) (11:01)
TMC
Disaster Movie A group of young people encounter all kinds
of catastrophic events. Matt Lanter, Vanessa Lachey (2008)
Doom Space marines are sent to battle demonic beasts at a
science lab on Mars. Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike (2005)
Captivity A famous fashion model is
kidnapped. Elisha Cuthbert (2007) (11:15)
College Basketball Michigan vs. North Carolina (Live)
College Basketball Duke Blue Devils at Indiana Hoosiers (Live)
Totem A teenage girl uses a totem to control a supernatural
threat. Lia McHugh, Lawrence Pressman (2017)
Divergent:
Allegiant (2016)
Monkey Shines Injecting human brain cells into a monkey turns into an experiment Law Abiding Citizen A man seeks revenge
in terror. Jason Beghe, John Pankow (1988)
for family murders. (2009) (10:56)
The Christmas Card A young American soldier in the Middle East sets out to find
the sender of a Christmas card and discovers more than he anticipated. (2006)
Home for Christmas Day Young woman
falls in love with soldier. (2017)
Tracey Ullman’s
Show
Rolling Stone: Stories
from the Edge
The Autopsy of Jane Doe A coroner and his son perform an
autopsy and realize nothing about it is normal. (2016)
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2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC from BMO Field (Live)
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6D ❚ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY
BOOKS ROUNDUP MYSTERY
Harry Bosch
returns
Michael Connelly on the opioid epidemic,
an inner-city Sherlock Holmes, bedjumping among the rich and Italian corruption: Crime has infinite permutations.
Fortunately, mystery novelist Charles
Finch is on the scene.
“Righteous” continues a streetwise take on Sherlock Holmes, minus the Meerschaum pipe. KPARIS/GETTY IMAGES/VETTA
Ferocity
Righteous
Two Kinds of Truth
The Last Mrs. Parrish
By Nicola Lagioia
Europa, 447 pp.
By Joe Ide
Mulholland, 336 pp.
By Michael Connelly
Little, Brown, 402 pp.
By Liv Constantine
Harper, 390 pp.
Clara Salvemini, the beautiful scion
of a powerful family in the Italian city
of Bari, commits suicide, throwing
herself from the roof of a multilevel
parking lot. That’s the story, anyhow —
only her halfbrother Michele,
to whom everyone but Clara has
been mostly unkind, doubts it.
Ferocity (eeeE),
Nicola Lagioia’s
rich, dense, difficult novel, a sensation in his home
country, is a family saga, with numerous strands crossing numerous
time periods. It darts between the pretentious and profound, sometimes in a
single sentence. But its atmosphere of
awful unease seems to define a certain
darkness and anger about contemporary Italy. Readers who survive Lagioia’s
occasional opacity and floridity will understand that tragic sensation with a
rawness few books offer.
Charles Finch is author of the Charles
Lenox mystery series.
One of last year’s most exciting
debuts was IQ, about a cryptic, brilliantly observant consulting detective
named Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ), working small cases in the gang-dominated
streets of East
Long Beach. His
pattering
sidekick was Dodson
— rhymes with
Watson, if you
like.
Righteous
(eeeE), its sequel, is a classic
second book in
many ways, overfull and undercooked.
The
book’s shaggy plot line sends the duo to
confront triads and loan sharks in Las
Vegas, a setting that leaves Ide too far
afield of the community he evoked so
superbly in IQ, and IQ himself in circumstances that require action, not his
signature brainwork. As a result, his
survival of the events of Righteous is
barely credible — but also, given Ide’s
sense of humor, his effervescent dialogue and his knack for moments of
emotion, all are still present here, terrific news for readers.
Boy, Michael Connelly has been so
ubiquitous this year — introducing a
new lead character in the excellent The
Late Show in July, executive-producing
the screen adaptation Bosch for Amazon
— that you might
have
expected
some slight slackening in his control of his signature series featuring retired LAPD
detective Harry
Bosch. You’d be
wrong. Two Kinds
of Truth (eeeg)
is vintage Connelly, with Harry,
now working freelance for the San Fernando, Calif., police, infiltrating an
opioid ring and reckoning with a killer
he long ago put behind bars. Connelly
went through a weak period recently,
especially in the later Mickey Haller
books, but his immaculate plotting and
gift for bringing procedural intricacies
to life now seem as strong as ever. One
can tire of his vision of life — a reflexive,
undemanding noir — while freely conceding that he writes the best detective
novels around.
This stilted, sometimes silly, but utterly irresistible novel is about a young
woman named Amber Patterson, newly
arrived in an ultra-rich town on Long
Island Sound and ready to ascend into
its firmament by
whatever means
she has to use.
She decides to
play mousy friend
and
aide-decamp to Daphne
Parrish, the beautiful and glamorous wife of Jackson Parrish — except when Daphne happens to be
away, Amber turns seductress. Liv Constantine is the pseudonym of a pair of
sisters who “spend hours plotting via
Skype,” and those hours have paid off.
The Last Mrs. Parrish (eeeg) pivots
on an enormous and satisfying twist,
forcing Amber to rejigger her schemes
and Daphne and Jackson to wonder
what their new acquaintance’s past
might contain. The writing goes from
workmanlike to wondrously bad, but
the pages keep flying, flying, flying by.
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