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    (CNN)High school teacher Sarah Giddings stayed home again Friday after more online threats and jittery nerves forced her school and others in southeast Michigan to close.Giddings, 39, comes from a family of educators who -- along with school staff, students and their parents across the nation -- have become unwilling participants in a recurring American nightmare. The copycat threats have been rising since Tuesday's shootings at Oxford High School, according to CNN affiliates WJRT and WXYZ. A 15-year-old sophomore is accused of fatally shooting four students in the halls of the Oakland County school -- about an hour from where Giddings teaches English and social studies.It was the deadliest at a US K-12 campus since 2018 and the 32nd school shooting since August 1, according to a CNN tally.Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect arrested after manhunt"It sometimes does feel like we're just lurching from one crisis to the other and we're in this constant state of anxiety," Giddings said.Read MoreLegions of teachers, school administrators, staff and students have been emotionally scarred by rampages that -- according to the authors...
    Chris Kleponis/Sipa via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Donald Trump had a plan to steal the 2020 election: he wanted GOP-controlled legislatures in key states Joe Biden won to override the will of their state’s voters and appoint their own electors for Trump, which Vice President Mike Pence would count when Congress met on January 6, nullifying Biden’s victory. This brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election didn’t succeed, but Trump and his allies are doing everything they can to ensure a different outcome in 2024, and they’re helped by an obscure 1887 law called the Electoral Count Act that is in desperate need of a rewrite. The Electoral Count Act, which grew out of the disputed election of 1876, says that a legislature can appoint its own electors at odds with the winner of a state’s popular vote if it concludes that voters “failed to make a choice” on Election Day. The act does not specify what “failed” means, an ambiguity that provides an opening...
    CONCORD — For the second time this season, De La Salle was on the painful side of history. This time, there will be no comeback, no second chances, no more opportunities. When Zeke Berry was stopped at the goal line on a two-point conversion after De La Salle cut the lead to one point with 1:44 left, Folsom recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Less than two months after losing at home to De La Salle by three touchdowns, Folsom traveled to Concord and won the Northern California 1-AA championship, 28-27. The victory is the first for a Sac-Joaquin Section team over De La Salle during the Concord’s school’s decades-long run of regional dominance — the section was 0-45 against the Spartans since 1982 — and sends Folsom into the 1-AA state title game next Friday in Mission Viejo. For De La Salle, what seemed like a birth rite has ended. The Spartans will not play in a state championship game for the first time since the California Interscholastic Federation added them...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi death row inmate says he wants the state to start planning his execution — a request that comes weeks after another Mississippi prisoner surrendered appeals and was put to death. “I ask to see that my execution should be carried out forthwith,” Blayde Nathaniel Grayson said in a handwritten letter filed Friday with the state Supreme Court. Mississippi carried out its first execution in nine years on Nov. 17, giving a lethal injection to David Neal Cox. A jury sentenced Cox to death after he pleaded guilty to killing his estranged wife and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter in front of her dying mother. Grayson was convicted of capital murder in August 1997 in the May 1996 stabbing death of 78-year-old Minnie Smith during a burglary of her home in in George County. In his letter filed Friday, Grayson wrote to the Supreme Court justices that he wanted to give up all appeals. “Sirs & Ma’ms I drop my appeals and thank the courts of our nation for doing its burdensome duty,” Grayson wrote....
    Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that he knew the 'state didn't have a case' against him when 'they put Dominic Black on the stand.'  Rittenhouse, 18, appeared on the Charlie Kirk Show on Tuesday to discuss his infamous case after he was acquitted earlier this month for fatally shooting two men and injuring another at the Kenosha protests.  During the hour-long interview, the teen discussed the risk of taking the stand instead of pleading the Fifth, but explained he 'wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was.'  He told the conservative host that he had been 'freaking out' during the run up to the trial, despite his remarkably calm composure in court, but he felt the tide turn in his favor when the prosecution called his friend Black - who purchased the AR-15 Rittenhouse used in Kenosha with the teen's money. He explained that he knew then that there wasn't a case against him because the prosecution was banking on Black to 'lie,' he claimed.  Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that...
              more   Officials at the California-based Gutterglove, Inc. announced Monday that they will relocate their company’s headquarters from Roseville, California to Franklin, Tennessee. Gutterglove manufactures professional grade stainless steel gutter guards. Company officials will invest $720,800 and create 20 new jobs in Williamson County, according to an emailed Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development press release. Company spokesman Matt Smith told The Tennessee Star on Monday that about 70 percent of Gutterglove’s customers live closer to Tennessee than they do California. “The state of Tennessee has a wealth of talent in the manufacturing space, which was a huge driver for us,” Smith said. Gutterglove officials invested more than $5 million last year into a new manufacturing and distribution operations center in La Vergne. They said in a press release last year that the La Vergne center will create 85 jobs. The Star asked Smith if Tennessee’s conservative tax policies prompted the company’s move to the Volunteer State. “Certainly, when we looked at our factory and then when we looked at where we would put it, we certainly wanted to find a...
    Yet another blue seat will be up for grabs in the upcoming midterm elections after Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York announced on Monday he's stepping down to run for governor. It's bad news for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Democrats face an uphill battle to maintaining their thin majority in Congress just 11 months before the race.  Suozzi, a moderate Democrat representing Long Island's 3rd Congressional District, revealed his gubernatorial aspirations during a press conference this morning where he also admitted he was 'concerned' his seat may be won by a Republican in 2022. During the event he also decried extremism on both sides of the political spectrum. 'Everything I've done has prepared me for this particular job at this particular time and I have a clear rationale to distinguish myself from the other candidates,' Suozzi said. 'So, I feel like this whole, you know, left-to-right extremist thing in our country is killing our country, and it's killing our state.' Suozzi's departure from the House will leave behind a gaping hole in an area where Republicans won handily earlier...
    Domestic propagandists and state TV pundits are promoting the idea of an inevitable confrontation with the West as Russia’s military posture grows increasingly hostile, causing major concern for its nearest neighbors and NATO. Ukraine remains the crown jewel for the Kremlin and the Russian public is being primed for the intended absorption of more territories under the umbrella of the Russian Federation, while NATO is being accused of fomenting the potential escalation. “World War III is knocking at our door,” warned one top propagandist. Whether or not the Kremlin is planning to speed up its creeping assault against Ukraine’s Donbas region in the near future is a mystery even to the most knowledgeable experts with close access to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nonetheless, they eagerly fulfill the Russian leader’s express intent to keep NATO—and the West in general—in a state of hypervigilance. Ukraine’s non-affiliation with NATO remains at the top of the Kremlin’s long wish list, with Putin demanding “serious long-term guarantees that ensure Russia’s security” in the region. The real issue is not that NATO presents an acute...
    Donald Trump has all but formally announced his intentions to run for the presidency again in 2024, and  his team is honing in on taking back five states Biden won in 2020 that he'd won in 2016.  The former president's shadow campaign team polled Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which were decided in favor of President Biden by 3 percentage points or less. The team found that in Georgia, Trump would be ahead by 3 points, 8 points in Arizona, 12 points in Michigan, 6 points in Pennsylvania and 10 points in Wisconsin, if the race were held today.  Together, the states represent 73 electoral votes. Trump lost to Biden in 2020 by 74.  Trump has still refused to concede his loss, and challenged the election results in all five of the states, going to the greatest lengths to overturn Biden's win in Arizona.  Donald Trump has all but formally announced his intentions to run for the presidency again in 2024, and his team is honing in on taking back five states Biden won in 2020...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● GA-07, GA-06: Following passage of the GOP's new congressional map on Monday, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath announced that she'd seek re-election in the new 7th District in the Atlanta suburbs, setting up an incumbent-vs.-incumbent battle in next year's Democratic primary. Undermining McBath's old 6th District was a chief of aim Georgia Republicans, who made it much redder by gerrymandering it to take in far-flung rural areas. Under the old lines, the 6th went 55-44 for Joe Biden; the new version, by contrast, would have backed Donald Trump 57-42, according to Dave's Redistricting App. "It is no mystery why Republicans and the NRA have decided I'm their top target," McBath said in a statement. "As a Black woman, activist, and mother on a mission—they would like nothing more than to stop me from speaking truth to power about the gun lobby and Republican...
    It's not just Texas women The Supreme Court issued one ruling Monday, a unanimous decision in an interstate groundwater dispute, and nothing else. That means one more week will pass in which pregnant Texans are denied their constitutional right to a safe, legal medical procedure. The Court is still leaving SB8, the Texas law that bans the procedure after six weeks of gestation for all but the most limited of cases—a medical emergency, in place. Another week will pass in which desperate Texans will have to figure out how to scrape up the resources and time to travel out of state to get an abortion and have to figure out where to go. Some have the resources and the help, and it’s still a gut-wrenching experience. Like the woman who wrote an open letter, as yet unpublished, “To the Male Politicians Controlling My Uterus.” The 30-year old Texan talked about her ordeal to the Austin American-Statesman, about finding out the fetus she was carrying and wanted had an aggressive case of a rare chromosomal disorder, Turner’s Syndrome. Fluid was filling its vital organs,...
    SOME Americans hoping for another stimulus check may get what they wish for next year - if they live in California. This is because of a $31billion surplus that the US’ largest state is estimated to have next year, according to a recent report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office. 1A $31billion surplus may allow California to continue its stimulus program into 2022Credit: Getty This means the state will get to allocate and spend more money in areas that will benefit taxpayers – leaving another round of stimulus checks possible. So far, California Governor Gavin Newsom has committed to “substantially” boosting one-time investments in infrastructure. “How we framed that historic surplus last year, similarly, we will frame our approach this year,” Newsom said last week. “I’m very proud of the historic tax rebate last year, and I look forward to making the decision that I think is in the best interests of 40million Californians.” If California’s Golden State Stimulus program repeats itself in 2022, then residents could be in line for another two sets of direct payments. The latest round of payments worth up to $1,100 is still...
              moreby Evan Stambaugh   Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has admitted that declaring another state of emergency in the face of rising COVID cases would lead to negative political repercussions. In a Wednesday call with reporters — from Finland, no less — the governor said he won’t invoke emergency powers while Minnesota’s COVID cases spiked to the highest 7-day average in the United States. As reported by Fox 9’s Theo Keith, Walz said a state of emergency is “just not as effective of a tool right now,” adding that declaring one would not magically lower Minnesota’s death rate. In addition, he fears “political fallout” over another state of emergency, especially the loss of his health commissioner, Jan Malcolm. Although she has served in that role since Jan. 2018, she has never been confirmed by the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate. Republican senators effectively wield the power to remove her if they so choose. “It was a tool that worked incredibly effectively pre-vaccine,” Walz said, according to the Star Tribune. “But it comes at a cost both to the public and it comes at a cost obviously, politically. And...
    Recapping the best and worst of Week 12 in Pac-12 football … Theme of the week I: Division clarity Utah has won the South for the third consecutive full season (2018-19 and 2021), while Oregon remains the frontrunner in the North. If the Ducks beats Oregon State in Autzen, they win advance to a rematch with the Utes in Las Vegas. If they lose to OSU, it could get complicated. Theme of the week II: Scheme over talent In three instances Saturday, teams that have a clear schematic identity — and recruit to that identity — defeated teams that perform better in the recruiting rankings: Oregon State over ASU, Utah over Oregon and UCLA over USC. Theme of the month: Blowouts Five of the six games were decided by at least two touchdowns, with Colorado’s 20-17 victory over Washington as the only tense finish. Through three weeks of a lopsided November, 12 of the 16 games have been decided by more than one touchdown. Theme of the half-decade: No CFP (again) For the fifth consecutive season, the Pac-12 will be...
    Ladies and gentlemen, week 12 of the college football season is here, and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only is it another gorgeous Saturday in the USA, but today’s slate of games is stacked. We have Ohio State/Michigan State, Wake Forest/Clemson, Iowa State/Oklahoma, Alabama/Arkansas, SMU/Cincinnati, Wisconsin/Nebraska, Baylor/Kansas State and Oregon/Utah. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Alabama Football (@alabamafbl) If that lineup doesn’t get you pumped up, then I don’t know what will! We have great games from the opening kicks at noon EST through the afternoon. The latest College Football Playoff rankings are out, and @dhookstead has a message that Cincinnati fans are going to hate. Buckle up because he doesn’t hold back! pic.twitter.com/F0bxtTioMH — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 17, 2021 It’s crazy to me that we only have two weekends of the regular season left, but here we are. It feels like just yesterday we were debating preseason rankings and Heisman favorites. Now, it’s late November and we’re...
    20 facts you might not know about Shaun of the Dead 10 Reasons You Should Claim Social Security Early There wasn't much movement at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night. And there's not much movement at the top of our bowl projections as a result. The only significant changes to the New Year's Six bowl games come in New Orleans, where we have two new Sugar Bowl participants. The new entries come after both Oklahoma and Texas A&M lost on Saturday and dropped in the rankings. Two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff leaves the door open for the third-highest team in the rankings to head to the Sugar Bowl. Here are our latest bowl projections ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season. College Football Playoff semifinals Orange Bowl (Dec. 31) Georgia vs. Ohio State We’re sticking with the top four in the CFP rankings for another week but swapping out Oregon and Ohio State. We all know the top four picture will get a lot clearer over...
    A Michigan woman's day care license was revoked after an investigation revealed a child staying there put another child in a clothes dryer then turned it on, and the child's parents were never told. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs intervened after the August 4 incident, when Kathleen Mayhue-Radeback of Mini Me's Child Care Family Home, took a child to the hospital saying she was 'stressed out' because the child had placed another child into a clothes dryer and started it. While there, the child, whose age was not released, admitted the incident to a nurse and a social worker, according to LARA's report. Pictured: Kathleen Mayhue-Radeback's Mini Me's Child Care Family Home in Garden City, Michigan, where a child placed another child in a clothes dryer before turning it on An investigation, which concluded November 2, found violations including lack of appropriate care and supervision, household member's suitability and conduciveness to the welfare of children, as well as failure to provide truthful and accurate information to the department during an investigation.  'It was critical to take emergency action to...
    STIMULUS money is still being sent to people living in California. Around 6.43million payments have already been sent, with at least 2.57million more to be issued. 1Stimulus money is still being sent to people living in CaliforniaCredit: Getty That's because the California Franchise Tax Board expects to issue around 9million payments under the Golden State Stimulus II. If you haven't received a payment, it's best to check if you qualify for one of the two stimulus funds. The Golden State Stimulus is meant to help low to middle income Californians, especially those facing a hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For most who live in California, you will not need to do anything to receive the stimulus payment other than file your 2020 tax return. There are two different payments. Some may qualify for one or both of the payments. Most read in moneyIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as calls grow for more mortgage reliefPRETTY PENNY Set of rare Lincoln coins sells for $2,449 after bidding warCASH TO COME Child tax credit payments coming TODAY as IRS warns...
    In the latest poll to show the political headwinds President Biden is facing, he trails former President Donald Trump 40-51 in a new survey out of Iowa. That is a greater margin than Trumps eight-point 53-45 2020 win over Biden in the state, which helped launch Trump's political career in 2016 during the GOP primaries there. Trump cracks an outright majority in the new Des Moines Register poll, winning 51 per cent support, with 4 per cent saying they wouldn't vote for either man, and 5 per cent saying they weren't sure.  A critical part of Biden's dip comes from independent voters. Independents back Trump in the survey by 45 to 37 per cent.   Former President Trump leads President Biden 51-40 in Iowa Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in Iowa, a state Trump carried in 2016 and 2020 'Trump won Iowa convincingly in 2020, and that's reflected in these data,' said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the survey. Trump held a campaign rally in the state in October, appearing with longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley, who said...
    Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chamber's longest serving member, announced on Monday he will not seek re-election next year, offering Republicans an opening to regain control of the Senate.  81-year-old Leahy was first elected in 1974 and serves as the Senate's president pro tempore, placing him third in line to the presidency, after Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 'It's time to put down the gavel,' he said, announcing his retirement at the Vermont state house in Montpelier.  'It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work of our great state.  'It's time to come home.'  He will be the third longest serving senator in history if he finishes his eighth term at the end of 2022. But it sets up a battle that Democrats will need to fight hard to win if they are to maintain their wafer-thin majority in the Senate.  Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chamber's longest serving member, announced on Monday he will not seek re-election next year in the 2022 midterms 81-year-old Leahy made...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – An Illinois state trooper is injured after being struck by another vehicle while investigating a crash early Sunday morning, according to authorities. Police said around 1:25 a.m., the trooper was investigating a crash on Interstate 55 southbound near milepost 260 in Will County. While in his squad car, a 2017 black Acura crashed head on into the trooper’s squad car. The trooper was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Acura, Liem T. Nguyen, 36, from Joliet, IL, was charged with violation of Scott’s Law and driving under the influence. So far this year, there have been 21 ISP squad cars struck in relation to Scott’s Law and 13 Troopers have sustained injuries from Scott’s Law-related crashes.
    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s another great day of college football in America. Week 11 has finally arrived, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am to see what we get today. Something tells me we’re in for a very fun time as we watch Michigan/Penn State, Oklahoma/Baylor, Mississippi State/Auburn, Wisconsin/Northwestern, Purdue/Ohio State, Minnesota/Iowa, Texas A&M/Ole Miss, Notre Dame/Virginia and Wake Forest/North Carolina State. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Wisconsin’s football team has won five straight games, and we’ve outscored our last four Big Ten opponents 133-20. You hear all that silence? That’s the sound of our critics after shutting the hell up. pic.twitter.com/YiCDXj00el — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 9, 2021 Is it the greatest lineup of games we’ve ever seen this late in the season? No, but it’s more than good enough to get my blood pumping.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Alabama Football (@alabamafbl) It’s absolutely insane to me that it’s already week 11 of the college football season! It feels like...
    Diana's former royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed he used to coax the Queen into choosing the Princess' favourite bread and butter pudding by giving the monarch a second choice he knew she would reject. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the royal chef, 59, who spent 15 years in the royal kitchen, explained that he would always run the daily menu with two options past the monarch, and if Diana was visiting, he would make sure her favourite dessert - a cross between bread pudding and creme brûlée - was top on the menu. And menu planning isn't the only process that goes into feeding the royal family, with the Queen's ex-chef Graham Tinsley revealing the food has to be X-rayed as part of security protocol at state banquets. Royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed how Princess Diana (seen in London in 1989) had a favourite dessert - a cross between bread pudding and creme brûlée - and he would coax the Queen into choosing it for the menu by giving her a second choice he knew she would reject...
    Upset winds were blowing this past weekend, with two of the remaining six unbeaten FBS schools coming up short on the road in conference play. Hey, at least they’ll have the “unbeaten entering November” nonexistent banner to hang. But neither was a shocker: No. 5 Michigan State lost at a Purdue team that handed then-No. 2 Iowa its first loss of the season last month and gave then-unbeaten Notre Dame all they could handle in September (as Navy learned Saturday, it takes the Fighting Irish a while to get going). That’s great news for Maryland, who visits an angry Spartan team next weekend. No. 10 Wake Forest saw its run as the last remaining unbeaten in the ACC end with a 58-55 loss at North Carolina, but was anyone shocked that the preseason Coastal Division favorite put 58 points on the board against a team that allowed 56 to … Army? The best part about the loss is that in an “only in college football” accounting move, this defeat to an ACC foe does not count in the ACC standings....
    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s another incredible day of college football in America. Whenever it’s Saturday in America and there’s football on TV, you know you’re in for an awesome time, and that’s exactly what we have today. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Today, we have Ohio State/Nebraska, Liberty/Ole Miss, Michigan State/Purdue, Oklahoma State/West Virginia, Auburn/Texas A&M, Penn State/Maryland, LSU/Alabama and Wisconsin/Rutgers. Wisconsin kicked Iowa’s ass and ran the Hawkeyes off the field. The haters and critics told me it wasn’t possible. Yet again, I was right. Next stop: Big Ten title game pic.twitter.com/jQhGmKB3fz — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 2, 2021 It’s not the greatest lineup of games that we’ve ever seen, but it should be more than enough to scratch the itch. At the very least, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to be having a bad time whenever you’re watching football with the guys drinking a few beers. I think I read that in the Constitution or some other similar document. RAPID REACTION: Wisconsin crushes Iowa. Where do all the haters, losers and critics...
    A Republican truck driver who spent just $153 on his campaign and ran for office after he was denied a gun permit secured a stunning victory against the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history in the state's elections on Thursday. The election was held on Tuesday but Associated Press only called the race today. Underdog GOP candidate Ed Durr delivered a humiliating defeat to Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney in South New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District by a razor thin margin of 52 percent of the vote to 48. It's another embarrassing upset for the Democrats after they lost the Virginia gubernatorial election, struggled in the race for New Jersey governor and performed dismally in votes across the country.  Durr, 58, is employed as a truck driver for furniture store Raymour & Flanigan. He grew up in South Jersey and has three children and six grandchildren.  Out of the $153, he spent $66.64 at Dunkin Donuts to buy food and drinks for his 'staff' and $86.67 for flyers and business cards.  He's never held elected office but said in a past...
    Are you a California resident and taxpayer? Then you may be able to get a stimulus check worth up to $1,100 before the end of this year. The California Franchise Tax Board expects to issue around nine million payments under the Golden State Stimulus II. 1Around 9million payments are expected to go to qualifying California residentsCredit: Getty Images - Getty It has already issued millions of payments via direct deposit, with most having arrived electronically by October 31. The next batch of payments is expected to arrive via mailed check, with many having gone out this week. In total, 5.65million stimulus checks have been paid out - leaving 3.35million yet to be issued. Some payments do take longer to process, especially if you qualify but filed your taxes after September 1. It's estimated that a total of $12billion in payments will be issued. The payments are a result of Governor Gavin Newsom's efforts to provide additional relief to California residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most read in MoneyIN THE MONEY 1992 Lincoln Penny sells for $25,000 as most rare coins...
    Aaron Donald #99 of the Rams during an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams on October 24, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.Icon Sportswire | Getty Images As the National Football League gears up to take on the city of St. Louis in a 4-year-old lawsuit, it's betting that a Missouri rule will push the case to another part of the state. City officials in St. Louis are seeking financial damages they claim they suffered when the NFL's Rams departed in 2016 for Los Angeles. The move left the city with debt on the team's former stadium, The Dome at America's Center, which was built with public funds. The 2017 lawsuit alleged the NFL violated its relocation policy and said team officials misled the public about the Rams' plans and failed to have good faith negotiations. Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Rams, has been trying to get the case moved away from the St. Louis area. The company has cited Rule 51.04, which allows for a trial to be moved if favoritism...
    Now it’s time to talk about Jim Harbaugh. There has not been much discussion about college football’s most scrutinized coach as Michigan ran out to a 7-0 start. READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Education in the Spotlight! ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the second half of the game against the Washington Huskies at Michigan Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines won 31-10. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) With Harbaugh, the failures are all that seem to matter. After No. 8 Michigan State came from 16 down in the second half to beat No. 6 Michigan in one of the best games of the season, the numbers that define Harbaugh’s seven seasons at his alma mater are this: 3-9 against the Wolverines’ two biggest rivals and 2-13 against top-10 opponents. “We have to respond. Our backs are against the wall now,” Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara said. Michigan extended Harbaugh’s contract after he went 2-4 last season, but with a pay cut and a reasonable buyout....
    Now, it’s time to talk about Jim Harbaugh. There has not been much discussion about college football’s most scrutinized coach as Michigan ran out to 7-0 start. With Harbaugh, the failures are all that seem to matter. After No. 8 Michigan State came from 16 down in the second half to beat No. 6 Michigan in one of the best games of the season, the numbers that define Harbaugh’s seven seasons at his alma mater are this: 3-9 against the Wolverines’ two biggest rivals and 2-13 against top-10 opponents. “We have to respond. Our backs are against the wall now,” Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara said. Michigan extended Harbaugh’s contract after he went 2-4 last season, but with a pay cut and a reasonable buyout. He has responded by putting an undeniably good team on the field. Saturday was a chance to prove just how good and Michigan outgained its in-state rival by 157 yards and went up 30-14 in the third quarter. The Wolverines also had a defensive touchdown taken off the board by a questionable replay review late in...
    Washington (CNN)Members of the January 6 committee are working on potential legislation to tighten the process of certifying a presidential election in an effort to eliminate contentious avenues that spurred the January 6 riot, sources tell CNN. The legislation would give the committee a focus on developing a law as part of the investigation, undercutting a legal argument that former President Donald Trump has made that the committee has no true legislative purpose for seeking his White House documents. The effort is still in its early stages, but a proposed bill could offer more specific instructions for when Congress can overturn a state's slate of electors, and more clearly define the role the vice president plays in counting the votes -- after Trump and his allies pressured Mike Pence to try to block President Joe Biden's win, the sources say. Specifically, members are focused on making changes to a 19th Century law known as the Electoral Count Act that was intended to give Congress a process by which to certify the Electoral College votes submitted by the states. It's a...
    Reese Witherspoon says Legally Blonde wasnt allowed to film at Stanford University after school greenlit Insecure to shoot on campus What Valuables Should I Look For at Thrift Stores? Texas would be a Big 12 contender if it could hold on to a lead in the second half. The Longhorns blew a big second-half lead for the third game in a row on Saturday in a 31-24 loss to No. 16 Baylor in Waco. The loss means Texas’ Big 12 title hopes are effectively over and Baylor is still in the thick of the mix for a spot in the conference title game. Texas (4-4) took a 21-10 lead with 8:49 to go in the third quarter after a 14-play drive to start the second half. But Baylor responded with a touchdown just four minutes later and took the lead with 12:48 to go in the game after a 14-play drive. Baylor (7-1) made it 21 consecutive points after Texas went for a fake punt facing 4th and 11 at midfield. The fake gained just two yards and Baylor...
    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an amazing Saturday of college football in America. Not only is it another day of football, but the slate today is stacked with several great games. Today, we have Iowa/Wisconsin, Michigan/Michigan State, Texas/Baylor, Georgia/Florida, Ole Miss/Auburn, Kentucky/Mississippi State, SMU/Houston, Penn State/Ohio State and Virginia/BYU. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) If that lineup doesn’t get your blood pumping, then you’re probably not a real football fan. It’s that simple.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Wisconsin Football (@badgerfootball) Not only is it a huge day of football, but Wisconsin’s season more or less rides on our game against Iowa today. We beat Iowa and we’ll be in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten West, which at this point, is all we can ask for. It’s crazy we’re still even in a position to win the B1G, but here we are. Will Wisconsin shock Iowa and stun America? Get some beer on ice because I’m woke up ready to fight with some fans. pic.twitter.com/kzB1zStn5J...
    (CNN)Donald Trump's purge of the Republican Party continued apace on Friday, with Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger announcing that he will retire rather than seek reelection in 2022."I cannot focus on both a reelection to Congress and a broader fight nationwide," Kinzinger said in a video retirement message. "I want to make it clear. This isn't the end of my political future, but the beginning."What future office Kinzinger may seek -- the 2024 Republican nomination perhaps? -- remains to be seen, but what is starkly clear is that his outspoken opposition to Donald Trump, which culminated in Kinzinger being one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, had made it impossible for him to win another term in Congress.That is a similar fate to the one faced by Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who retired last month in the face of a serious primary challenge from a former Trump administration aide."1 down, 9 to go!" Trump said in a statement released after Gonzalez's announcement.Read MoreTrump is...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has yet to figure out a way to slow down Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy. The senior will get the chance to beat the Mountaineers for the fourth straight season Saturday when No. 22 Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) plays at West Virginia (3-4, 1-3). He’s already done it against Kansas, and another fourpeat is possible next month against Texas Tech. Iowa State is 12-2 with Purdy in October and 16-2 during the month dating to 2017. “I just keep it simple, do what they ask me to do as a quarterback here and go from there,” Purdy said. Purdy is second in the Bowl Subdivision with a 75% completion rate. He’s thrown for seven touchdowns against the Mountaineers in his career with two interceptions. He’s added two rushing TDs and has been sacked three times. “The ball gets out of his hands fast,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “He hurts you on third downs. That’s where he was really effective versus us last year. He’s scrambles around.” West Virginia’s offense was...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland knocked down one right-wing conspiracy theory after another as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned him during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The Iowa Republican pressed the attorney general to explain a memo issued earlier this month explaining how the Justice Department would work with state and local authorities to investigate violent threats against school board officials, which Grassley compared to "something that will come out of some communist country." "The memo is only about violence and threats of violence," Garland said. "It makes absolutely clear in the first paragraph that spirited debate about policy matters is protecting under our Constitution. That includes debate by parents criticizing the school board. That is welcome, the Justice Department protects that kind of debate. The only thing we're concerned about, senator, is violence and threats of violence against school officials, school teachers, school staff, just like we're concerned about those kind of threats against senators, members of Congress, election officials, in all of those circumstances we are trying to prevent the violence that sometimes occurs after threats." Garland explained that...
    Rumors surrounding USC football head coach candidates reach peak hilarity with a report linking the Trojans to veteran NFL coach Jeff Fisher. It wouldn’t be a true USC football coaching search without Jeff Fisher’s name coming up. Thanks to Brett McMurphy of the Action Network, we can all check that one off our bingo cards. Ex-NFL coach & USC alum Jeff Fisher is in mix for USC’s coaching position, source told @ActionNetworkHQ. On Monday, former USC QB Carson Palmer said candidates include Penn State’s James Franklin, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Cincinnati’s Luke FIckell & Steelers coach Mike Tomlin — Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 25, 2021 He went on to reference other candidates mentioned by former USC quarterback Carson Palmer, including Penn State’s James Franklin, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers.USC football coaching candidates: Jeff Fisher joins the frayUSC fans should be no stranger to Fisher. Not only is he a former Trojan, but he’s been mentioned as a candidate for the job at his alma mater pretty much every time it’s...
    Iowa State is back in its familiar October form and right in the thick of the Big 12 race again. Brock Purdy threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, the defense stopped Oklahoma State inches short on a fourth-and-2 late in the game, and the Cyclones beat the No. 8 Cowboys 24-21 on Saturday. "I’m just so happy for our team," Purdy said. "It just felt good to finish it the right way." The Cyclones (5-2, 3-1) won their third straight to improve to 16-2 in October since 2017, and they won their ninth Big 12 home game in a row, the longest streak of its kind in the league. Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) saw its eight-game win streak end, and it lost in Ames for the first time since 2011. Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor are bunched in a three-way tie for second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma (8-0, 5-0). CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM It was the seventh straight Oklahoma State-Iowa State game decided by seven points or less. "It was a really...
    Two members of the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team were killed and another injured in a single-vehicle crash. It happened around 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in New London County in the Town of Colchester, on Parum Road near Lake Hayward Road. A Nissan Altima reportedly drove off the roadway, hitting the guardrail and several trees before crashing down an embankment, according to authorities. "It is with great sadness that I must convey the terrible news that three members of the WestConn Men’s Lacrosse Team were involved in a deadly traffic accident Friday afternoon," WCSU President Dr. John B. Clark said in a statement. "Two students died in the accident. A third was airlifted from the scene to a hospital." The university said it is "withholding the names of all three for the time being." "Our Counseling Center has met with players and coaches of the lacrosse team and we will also provide counseling to students in Litchfield Hall, where the three team members lived on campus, as well as any students in need," Clark said. This is a...
    No. 8 Oklahoma State has proved it can win close games, and recent history indicates the Cowboys will play another one Saturday when they visit Iowa State. Each of the last six meetings has been decided by seven points or less, with the Cowboys winning all but one. Four of their six wins this season have been by eight points or less. “We’re not physically and skill-wise overwhelming like we were and have been in years past on really good teams where we know that we’re going to come out of this game and win by 20 points,” coach Mike Gundy said. “That’s not the type of football team we have right now.” Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) in 2021 is built around the conference’s top defense and a middling offense that’s gotten more than expected from running back Jaylen Warren. The transfer from Utah State has run for 218, 123, 125 and 193 yards over the last four games and is the nation’s seventh-leading rusher with an average of 117.5 per game. “I don’t think any of us...
    By Sophia Bollag | Sacramento Bee California will have another “historic budget surplus” next year, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The Democratic governor made the announcement during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd at the Milken Institute’s 24th Global Conference. Newsom in July signed a $262 billion budget that relied on a projected $75 billion surplus, based on estimates from January. On top of its record-breaking surplus, California also received $27 billion in COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government. Newsom and lawmakers used the surplus to send $600 checks to Californians making less than $75,000 a year, expand grants for small businesses and bolster other programs to help the Golden State emerge from the pandemic recession. His announcement Wednesday means his administration anticipates another windfall as it begins writing the 2022-23 budget proposal he’s expected to announce in January. Newsom said he’ll propose using next year’s surplus to pay down $11.3 billion in pension obligations, but didn’t give further details. In addition to a surplus for next year’s budget, Newsom said California has already collected $14 billion more in...
    (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday announced that a new area in Colorado will become a state park. The new Colorado State Park will be located on what is currently U.S. Forest Service land at Sweetwater Lake and it will become the 43rd state park in the Centennial State. Sweetwater Lake is located 15 miles from Interstate 70 near the border between Eagle County and Garfield County. “We will get it open with enhancements like a new boat dock by next summer,” Polis tweeted. Today I announced Colorado’s 43rd State Park at Sweetwater Lake! Right on the border of Eagle and Garfield Counties and just 15 miles off I-70, we will get it open with enhancements like a new boat dock by next summer! pic.twitter.com/UcAdWZtmHB — Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) October 20, 2021 “This is the first of its kind partnership in Colorado to create a state park on U.S. Forest Service land, and we look forward to working with our partners and Coloradans with the ultimate goal of adding Sweetwater Lake to Colorado’s world-class state park system for...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been working the phones to try and bolster support for voting legislation teed up for Senate consideration this week, even as the bill is set to run into a Republican blockade.Biden spoke with Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla of California on what a White House official termed "the must-pass priority of legislation to protect Americans' constitutional rights from the systemic assault that Republicans have been mounting in state legislatures across the country, based on the Big Lie."Harris, who Biden tasked with running on point on voting issues, spoke by phone with Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, as well as Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, the official said.The calls come at a moment when the White House has been under increased pressure from outside groups to find a pathway forward for changes to counter state-level voting law changes pushed forward by Republican legislatures.The bill set for a Wednesday procedural vote marks an effort to move a compromise measure, negotiated by Sen....
    As Daily Kos continues to cover, while the nation faces the novel coronavirus pandemic, Republicans are happy to distract from the public health crisis by any means necessary. Attack trans youth? Absolutely. Make it impossible for trans adults to update their legal documents? Yup. Slam down on every option for pregnant people (or people who could become pregnant) to have a shred of autonomy and dignity? Why, of course. While this is a disturbing nationwide trend, one state that continues to make headlines (and for good reason) is Texas. One example comes state lawmaker Briscoe Cain. Cain, a Republican, recently filed HB 153, legislation that would permit pregnant people to drive in the HOV lane by themselves, as first covered by Jezebel. What’s so weird about this legislation, and moreover, what’s so bad about it? Let’s break down the possible implications below. At a very brief glance, it’s easy to think this bill is one of the few bits of consideration Texas legislators wanted to offer pregnant people in their state. After all, who wants to sit in congested traffic?...
    Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or some 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. Despite the mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early on in the pandemic that badly hurt the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, it has delegated the power to enforce coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19 after murder...
    In another blow to the future of standardized testing for University of California admissions, a faculty group has recommended nixing the use of an alternative assessment to replace the SAT in a new report to UC leaders. The UC Board of Regents, in a move that reverberated nationally, unanimously voted last year to drop the use of the SAT and ACT for admissions decisions through 2024 because the tests exacerbated disparities based on race and income. Faculty were asked to examine whether an alternative test without those biases could be used beginning in 2025. UC President Michael V. Drake asked the Academic Senate in April to explore whether the statewide assessment used for California public school students, known as Smarter Balanced, would be an appropriate replacement. Some educators were more open to using the state test over the SAT because it assesses how well 11th-graders learned California’s core curriculum. But the Senate committee’s conclusion: No go. “The ... assessment is not appropriate as an admissions test, required or optional, for the UC,” the report concluded, saying...
    No. 1 has been a particularly secure position during the College Football Playoff era. Last week’s Alabama loss as the No. 1 team in the country to Texas A&M was just the fourth outside of the playoff for the top-ranked team in the AP poll during the eight-year history (2014-present) of the CFP. The last time No. 1 was beaten twice in a regular season was 2012, which was also the last time No. 1 went down in consecutive weeks. That November, Texas A&M and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel went to top-ranked Alabama and beat the Tide. The next week, Stanford knocked off No. 1 Oregon in overtime. The Aggies have set the stage again with a victory against Alabama. No. 11 Kentucky will try to play the role of Stanford to Georgia’s Oregon on Saturday. The Wildcats have not beaten a No. 1 since 2007, when they were the 17th-ranked team in the nation and beat LSU at home in triple overtime. Kentucky goes to Georgia on Saturday, one of two games matching ranked teams during Week...
    In their 26 games since the start of the 2019 season, the high-flying Oregon Ducks have been held under 20 points just three times. Cal’s defense can lay claim to two of those. But the Cal team that held the Ducks to 17 points in a victory last season and the same total in a loss the year before isn’t performing at the same level entering Friday’s matchup with No. 9 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at Autzen Stadium. “Defensively, we need to play to a higher standard,” Cal defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon said. The Bears (1-4, 0-2) haven’t beaten an FBS team since their victory over Oregon last Dec. 5, and they haven’t held any of their first five opponents this season to fewer than 21 points. That will create quite a challenge against an Oregon team that leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 35.8 points per game. The Bears, accustomed in recent years to leaning on their defense, rank 11th in the conference, allowing an average of 27.6. Here are four keys to Friday...