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There’s only one more week until we’re officially (allowed to be) craving pumpkin spice, apple pie and Oktoberfests. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to recommend soaking up these last days of summer — and, hopefully, last days of hellish high temps — at some weather-appropriate spots. Go for the tropical cocktails, the grilled meats or the iced coffees and cold desserts. And get your fill before the snow starts.

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One area of the Red Barber rooftop looks out over the downtown Denver skyline. (Provided by From the Hip Photo)

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Take the elevator straight up to The Red Barber rooftop at the new CatBird Hotel on Denver’s Walnut Street. You’ll walk outside to what feels like an entire city block in the sky, filled with nooks and views and an indoor-outdoor bar. Grab a seat overlooking the skyline or a secluded lounge area for your group. Food options consist mostly of skewers to share — grilled zucchini, bulgogi beef, octopus and prawn — as well as BBQ spare ribs and chilled shrimp lettuce cups. House cocktails come in single pours or buckets, which contain six-packs of margaritas, daiquiris and more.

3770 Walnut St., 720-707-4040, theredbarber.com

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Red Barber, the rooftop restaurant at the new CatBird Hotel, offers a menu mostly of grilled skewers, with meat and vegetarian options.

For an iced coffee

Seek out the sweet new Tí Cafe on Broadway for Vietnamese cafe sua da (iced coffee with condensed milk), sparkling lychee soda and banh cam sesame balls filled with red bean, mung bean or taro inside. Sisters Sashaline, Shominic and Shasitie Nguyen started the hallway-sized shop this summer, and just a few months in, it feels like the freshest concept of the season. See a mixed-media art installation, intimate counter service and food and drink that’s like pop-culture in a cup — try fluffy flan atop the cafe sua da and “snowskin” mochi mooncakes filled with watermelon taro paste.

30 N. Broadway, 720-940-6663, ti.cafe

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Hit-and-run driver kills woman crossing street on mobility scooter in Minneapolis

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Hit-and-run driver kills woman crossing street on mobility scooter in Minneapolis

A hit-and-run driver killed a woman crossing the street on a mobility scooter on Monday afternoon in North Minneapolis, police say.

The woman was crossing West Broadway Avenue at Aldrich Avenue North shortly before 2:30 p.m., when a motorist in a white SUV struck her and fled the scene without stopping, according to a news release issued by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Several officers responded to the crash, along with medics from the Minneapolis Fire Department and North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The woman was taken to North Memorial, where she died a short time later.

Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle that struck the woman, which they said may have been a Jeep Cherokee and will have significant front-end damage.

The woman’s identity will be released by the Hennepin County medical examiner.

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Wendy Murphy: Texas abortion law an offense against Democracy

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Texas moves to reinstate nation’s toughest abortion law

In a case brought by the Department of Justice, a federal judge in Texas blocked a controversial law that bans abortions after six weeks of gestation.

Judge Robert Pitman slammed the Texas law in a 113-page opinion, calling it “offensive” and an obvious violation of women’s constitutional rights.

He also criticized the Texas legislature for including a provision that allows only private persons (rather than the government) to enforce the ban through the filing of lawsuits against abortion providers and supporters.

This made it impossible for courts to overturn the ban unless a lawsuit was filed – and since anti-abortion activists agreed never to file any lawsuits, the ban has remained in effect by default.

Judge Pitman called this a “scheme,” intended to usurp the very foundation of our government by preventing the judicial branch from holding the legislative branch accountable for enacting unconstitutional laws.

Despite this outrageous disregard for American Democracy by Texas lawmakers, the notoriously conservative Fifth Circuit put a block on Pitman’s ruling last Friday. In a one-page decision that did not rule on any legal issues, the court effectively reinstated the Texas abortion ban and ordered the DOJ to file a response by Tuesday.

Alongside Texas’ attempt to take a chainsaw to abortion rights sits another abortion case now pending before the Supreme Court, with arguments set for Dec. 1.

The Court will decide whether a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks violates Roe v. Wade.  A lower federal court overturned the Mississippi law, saying it violates Roe, because Roe gives women authority to choose abortion until fetal viability, and 15 weeks is pre-viability.

That lower federal court was the Fifth Circuit, the same court that just blocked Judge Pitman’s ruling. Court watchers are scratching their heads because the Fifth Circuit is supposed to follow the law in its own jurisdiction. But hey, they’re also supposed to obey Supreme Court precedent. And people wonder why the public has no respect for the rule of law.

If the Supreme Court upholds the 15-week Mississippi ban, the Texas law could also be upheld even though 6 weeks gestation is much shorter than 15, because allowing a 15-week ban would be a major departure from fetal viability as the determining factor of when a woman’s right to choose is outweighed by the state’s interest in protecting the unborn.

Worst case scenario, the Supreme Court uses the Mississippi case as an excuse to overturn Roe altogether, which would mean both the Mississippi and Texas laws will be upheld, and abortion will become illegal in those states and the many others that have trigger laws in place to automatically ban abortion in the event Roe is overturned.

In his lengthy decision, Judge Pitman spent little time on Roe v. Wade, because it’s easy to explain why banning abortion at 6 weeks violates Roe.

But he wrote at length about why abortion rights are so vital to women’s equality, well-being, and fundamental ability to live in the world as free human beings. Nearly 50 years after Roe, we shouldn’t have to keep explaining why basic freedom matters to women.

Unfortunately, Judge Pitman’s ruling is weak on the kinds of procedural issues that lawyers like me who practice in federal court have nightmares about — like whether the Department of Justice has standing to sue the state of Texas.

So if the Fifth Circuit wants to overturn Judge Pitman’s decision without deciding the abortion issue, it can simply rule that the DOJ has no right to sue.

And if the Fifth Circuit really wants to get sassy, it can point out the hypocrisy of Joe Biden’s DOJ claiming to care about women’s rights in Texas while simultaneously blocking the Equal Rights Amendment and fighting against it in two federal lawsuits in Massachusetts and D.C.

Even the Fifth Circuit knows that women’s abortion rights would be stronger if Merrick Garland withdrew from lawsuits opposing the ERA and rescinded a memorandum that’s currently blocking the ERA and was issued by Trump’s Attorney General in 2020.

When any legislative body enacts an unconstitutional law, the public should be outraged. But what Texas lawmakers did by intentionally trying to prevent the courts from ruling on a blatantly unconstitutional law is unconscionable.

It’s like passing a law making slavery legal despite the 13th Amendment, and then making sure it stays legal by passing another law to prevent the courts from overturning it.

The Texas abortion law is not just a constitutional insult to women, it’s a treasonous offense against American Democracy. The entire Texas legislature should be impeached.

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Patriots RB Damien Harris is day-to-day with rib/chest injuries, per report

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Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson believes Damien Harris (ribs) will ‘be fine’

The Patriots appear to have dodged a major bullet, as running back Damien Harris, who suffered rib and chest injuries during Sunday’s win over the Texans, checked out fine, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Tests ruled out a “significant” injury and Harris was described as day-to-day going forward. So that would appear to be good news for the Patriots.

Harris, the team’s leading rusher, suffered the chest injury in the second half, missed a few series, then returned. Later in the fourth quarter, he suffered the rib injury and didn’t come back.

Against the Texans, he had 14 carries for 58 yards, with a touchdown. He also had a fumble that cost the Patriots a touchdown. It was his second red zone fumble this season.

The Patriots’ running back depth was tested when he left the game. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and veteran Brandon Bolden handled most of the snaps, combining for 48 yards on 13 carries.

After the game, Stevenson suggested Harris wasn’t hurt too badly.

“He’s going to be fine,” the rookie said during his postgame press conference. “I mean, he’s a tough dude. He can weather any storm, so I’m not really worried about it. I know he’s not really too worried about it. I know he’s just going to go back to work and get his body back right [and] do whatever he has to do.”

J.J. Taylor was a healthy scratch from the game, and could return if Harris can’t play Sunday against the Cowboys.

 

 

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CU Buffs hope “subtle changes” spark struggling offense

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CU Buffs hope “subtle changes” spark struggling offense

With a week off, Colorado’s coaching staff made some changes to the offense.

Whether it’s enough to spark the struggling Buffaloes remains to be seen.

Head coach Karl Dorrell didn’t announce any drastic changes Monday, and offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini will continue to call plays, but Dorrell hopes enough was done during the bye week to help CU (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) end a four-game losing streak on Saturday against Arizona (0-5, 0-2).

“Hopefully the changes we made are going to help us play more efficient and effective football,” Dorrell said without going into detail about the changes. “We addressed a lot of things: coaches’ roles in terms of what the expectations are, the expectations we set for our players. Both sides, the coaching side of it and the player side of it, they’ve owned up that we can be better. So far so good with that mindset of addressing the issues that are in front of us. We are moving forward with the subtle changes that we did make.”

In the 130-team Football Bowl Subdivision, CU ranks 129th in scoring offense (13.8 points per game) and total offense (239.6 yards per game). The Buffs have managed just 34 points in the last four games combined.

Despite the struggles and the calls from several fans to move on from Chiaverini, Dorrell is sticking by his OC for now.

“There’s no change in terms of the dynamics of what we’re doing offensively or defensively in their roles from a play-calling standpoint,” Dorrell said. “It’s just a detail of how we’re prepping our guys. We’ve done some adjustments that way with giving more responsibility to other people on the staff from a preparation standpoint. But, in terms of the play-calling stuff, it’s still going to remain the same.”

Dorrell said the Buffs had a good practice Monday and had good practices last week, as the team tries to get back on track and fix the issues — on offense and defense.

“Went through really an emphasis of trying to clear up a lot of detail, a lot of issues,” Dorrell said. “We felt like we’ve made some ground in a lot of ways. They had good energy (Monday) with great focus about attacking this week.”

Putting together good practices has never really been an issue for the Buffs, however. Dorrell has often praised the Buffs after practices. How to translate that to game day is the task in front of the Buffs.

In particular, that’s the goal for freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis, who has struggled through his first season as the starter. He has completed 53.3% of his passes (48-of-90) for 475 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“It’s just the attention to the detail of we’re trying to make sure it transfers from practice to the game,” Dorrell said of Lewis. “That’s the only way I know — and that’s in both levels of football (NFL and college) — is to play better in practice; it usually translates to playing better on game day.

“He did make some steps of improvement even in the game that we lost against USC (on Oct. 2), but we need to play better there. We need to play better in our protection and our run systems; blocking on the perimeter; picking up blitzes with our running backs. So there’s a number of things that we really addressed over the bye week that I felt we made some progress with.”

Dorrell said the Buffs have struggled to finish plays on offense and defense, but made progress with some competitive practices over the past week.

“We do believe it’s going to help us play (better) on Saturdays,” he said.

CU opponent glance: Arizona Wildcats

Game time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Folsom Field in Boulder

TV: Pac-12 Network

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Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

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Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

By JOSH DUBOW

Jon Gruden has resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

He stepped down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

The NFL Network first reported the development.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were discovered in a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team but ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed Gruden denounced the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem among other issues.

Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” about Smith, saying they were made out of frustration over the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent from between 2011-18 when Gruden was an analyst for ESPN show his use of derogatory language went well beyond that.

A league source confirms the accuracy of the emails and said they were sent to the Raiders last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league hasn’t made the emails public.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week that the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team was reviewing the additional emails.

The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was “clueless” and “anti-football.” He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.

In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female official by saying: “Nice job roger.”

The paper also said Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired.

The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform.

“He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden wrote.

Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.

Gruden also criticized President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, and then-vice president Joe Biden.

Smith said earlier Monday that he appreciates that Gruden reached out to him following the initial report, but that the email is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.

“But make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account,” Smith wrote in a Twitter thread.

Gruden’s comments to Allen about Smith came during the 2011 lockout of the players by the NFL. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal he was angry about the lockout during labor negotiations and he didn’t trust the direction the union was taking.

“Dum­b­oriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email re­viewed by the newspaper.

Davis had been trying to hire Gruden almost since he took charge following the death of his father, Al, in 2011. He finally got his prize in 2018 when Gruden agreed to leave ESPN and return to the sideline with a 10-year contract. Gruden had revived the Raiders in is first stint in 1998-2001 and then beat them in the Super Bowl the following season after he was traded to Tampa Bay for a boatload of draft picks.

Gruden has a 117-112 career record but hasn’t won a playoff game since the Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in the 2002 season.

His second tenure with the team started with a pep rally introductory news conference but provided few reasons for celebration as Gruden had a 22-31 record, failing to reach a winning record or make the playoffs.

He traded away stars Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in his first season to start a rebuild, which has showed only minor progress. After the Raiders went 4-12 in his first season, Gruden tried to make a push in 2019 in the team’s final season in Oakland by spending heavily in free agency and trading for star receiver Antonio Brown. But Brown was cut before the season after a series of run-ins with management, and the Raiders went 7-9.

They improved to 8-8 last season and got off to a promising 3-0 start this year before losing the past two games.

There is no immediate word on who will take over as interim coach. The Raiders have three former NFL head coaches on staff: defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, and offensive line coach Tom Cable, who was the team’s head coach from 2008-2010, going 17-27. Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is the assistant head coach.

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report

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Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

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Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

By FELICIA FONSECA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word.

The federal holiday created decades ago to recognize Christopher Columbus’ sighting in 1492 of what came to be known as the Americas increasingly has been rebranded as Indigenous Peoples Day.

For Michaela Pavlat, cultural interpreter at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the day is one of celebration, reflection and recognition that Indigenous communities are fighting for land rights, for the U.S. government to uphold treaties, and for visibility and understanding.

“As long as you’re on Native land and stolen land, it’s Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Pavlat, who is Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians (Anishinaabe). “We have a lot of movement and a lot of issues we’re facing in our communities, and you can have that conversation every day.”

EVENTS THIS YEAR

More than a dozen protesters linked arms and sat along the White House fence line Monday to call on the Biden administration to do more to combat climate change and ban fossil fuels. Others cheered and chanted in support from across the street as police blocked off the area with yellow tape and arrested the seated protesters.

The Andrew Jackson statue at the center of Lafayette Park was defaced with the words “Expect Us” — part of a rallying cry used by Indigenous people who have been fighting against fossil fuel pipelines. Jackson, a slave-owning president, forced Cherokees and many other Native Americans on deadly marches out of their southern homelands.

“Indigenous people have been on the front lines of protecting the land, the people, and it’s time for the government and these huge systems to do more,” said Angel Charley, of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, who was among the protesters.

Indigenous groups also planned protests in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the Boston Marathon, race organizers honored 1936 and ’39 winner Ellison “Tarzan” Brown and three-time runner-up Patti Catalano Dillon, a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, said she ran for missing and slain Indigenous people and their families, the victims of the boarding school era and the “promise that our voices are being heard and will have a part in an equitable and just future in this new era.”

Others gathered for prayers, dances and other commemorations in cities across the U.S.

On social media, people posted educational resources that included maps of Indigenous land, ways to support Indigenous communities, and recommendations for television shows and films that prominently feature Indigenous people, like “Reservation Dogs.”

WHAT’S NEW?

President Joe Biden last week issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus Columbus Day in recognition of the Italian explorer’s brutal treatment of people who already occupied what came to be known as the Americas.

About 20 states observe Indigenous Peoples Day by law, through proclamation or other action, along with cities and universities across the country.

Oregon recognized Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, months after its Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill in support of the change from Columbus Day.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers joined the leaders from tribes in the state and issued a formal apology for Wisconsin’s role in Native American boarding schools era.

NOT JUST A CELEBRATION

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on Monday hosted a virtual conversation about mixed Black and Indigenous identity and how the struggles of one side sometimes get overshadowed by the other.

Joy SpearChief-Morris pointed to the Civil Rights movement and the Red Power movement, which included the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco more than 50 years ago.

“Both groups supported each other, but we don’t really talk about the Red Power movement,” said SpearChief-Morris, who is African American and Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) from Canada.

The panelists noted that Afro-Indigenous identity goes back generations.

“Everything that we do is to bring about Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty on this land and to dismantle white supremacy and settler colonialism,” said Amber Starks, who is African American and a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “And I’d like to add racial capitalism”

Kyle Mays, an assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who is Black and Saginaw Anishinaabe, acknowledged the work isn’t easy.

While Indigenous Peoples Day is “cool,” he said, “I don’t want a day for celebration. I want justice.”

___ Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington, Jimmy Golen in Washington and Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this story. Fonseca is a member of the AP’s Race and Ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FonsecaAP

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Keeler: Broncos need to steal page from Steelers’ book. It’s Raiders Week. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio on Baltimore’s final play Sunday: “Bull (bleep)”

We’d thank The Post’s Ryan O’Halloran for digging up this little nugget if it didn’t hurt like Hades: Under coach Vic Fangio, the Broncos have now staggered into their eighth different multi-game losing streak since Week 1 of the 2019 season.

No other franchise in the AFC has put together more than seven such streaks during the same span.

The Broncos’ eight skids of two-or-more games are twice as much as the conference average — four — since September 2019. The half-full version of that stat reads that nobody knows how to climb out of ditches the way Fangio does. The other side of that coin, of course, is that the man’s learned from experience. Too much experience.

“This one being the next one, is critical for us, I know,” Fangio said Monday, with the wounds from Steelers 27, Broncos 19, the squad’s second straight setback, still fresh. “Especially coming off two losses, you want to get back on the right track. The Raiders are in the same boat — they’ll be feeling the same way. But, still, it’s a big game for us to get back going in the right direction.”

Big game? It’s Raiders Week, Uncle Vic. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

The Jon Gruden Dumpster Fire just went supernova. Chucky is out as the Raiders’ coach after his sordid email/paper trail became the story Monday evening. And when said paper trail offers sexism; homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic slurs; and unseemly, 1930s racism in a league where the workforce is also 70% Black, it’s going to shake a locker room. No matter what players say in public.

Ergo: Justin Fields 20, Raiders 9 on Sunday.  You can change the town, but you can’t change the circus. When it comes to Silver and Black, dysfunction is as much a part of the DNA as The Autumn Wind and strange haircuts.

Kick ‘em while they’re down.

Do unto Vegas what the Steelers did unto you. And brutally.

In the days leading up to Week 5, Pittsburgh, which came in with a 1-3 mark, had to read and hear about how Big Ben Roethlisberger was washed up, how the defense was banged up, how the offensive line was screwed up.

They took all that angst out on the Broncos, who slept for three-and-a-third quarters before they realized that the cameras were on.

Matt Canada, the Steelers’ first-year offensive coordinator, looked like he was playing chess while Fangio and defensive sidekick Ed Donatell had brought their “Chutes and Ladders” boards while hoping for the best. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur alternated between stubborn and somnolent, and it was hard to tell which was worse.

“Sure, anytime it’s not going the way you’d like it to go, everybody’s confidence level can be threatened,” Fangio said of the players’ belief in the coaching staff. “We can’t let that happen. We’ve got to go and execute the play to the best of our ability and make them work.”

It’s Raiders Week, Uncle Vic. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

At Week 6, it’s too early to panic. That said, it’s not too early to creep within arm’s reach of the button. Just in case.

Because even if Fangio isn’t coaching for his job on Sunday when the 3-0-to-now-3-2 Broncos host the 3-0-to-now-3-2 Raiders, he’s probably coaching for his sanity.

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American Indian healing pole raised at St. Paul Public Schools HQ to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, St. Paul Public Schools and members of the American Indian community raised a new healing pole in a ceremony Monday at the district’s administration building in St. Paul.

Part of American Indian culture, the raising of the pole has different meanings to different people. Placed on equal footing with the district’s American flag and peace pole, the healing pole will serve as a lasting symbol of American Indian culture and an important part of our community’s identity.

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Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

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Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

By DAVID KOENIG

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The pilots union accused the company of a botched response to what it said would have been a minor challenge for other airlines.

The third straight day of canceled and delayed flights left passengers stranded and steaming from California to the East Coast.

“You can’t really relax when you’re just sitting there waiting for your next flight to be canceled,” said Vanessa Wheeler, who was biding her time at the San Jose, California, airport. She said Southwest canceled six consecutive flights on her over three days before she eventually decided to book a flight home to Las Vegas with Delta Air Lines. She vowed to never fly Southwest again.

Monday’s cancellations amounted to 10% of Southwest’s schedule, and at least 1,400 other flights, or roughly 40%, were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service. Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. fell 4.2%.

The widespread disruptions began shortly after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9,000 pilots, asked a federal court on Friday to block the airline’s order that all employees get vaccinated. The union argued that Southwest must negotiate over the issue because it could involve sick leave or disability if pilots have a reaction to the vaccine.

“We are not anti-vaccination at all, but our pilots are extremely worried about how their medicals are going to be handled” if they are unable to fly, union president Casey Murray told The Associated Press. Murray said pilots had not staged a sickout because of the vaccine mandate.

He instead blamed the chaos of the past few days on Southwest’s operation, which he said has become “brittle” and “cracks under the slightest pressure.” He said the airline uses antiquated crew-scheduling technology that leads to cascading disruptions when flights are canceled in one part of its network.

Unions at both Southwest and American have also argued that management has been too slow to bring pilots back from leaves of absence that the airlines persuaded them to take during the pandemic, leaving them short-handed.

In a video for employees, Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said that despite “a very aggressive hiring plan … we are still not where we want to be with staffing,” especially pilots.

The staffing shortage is leading to fewer flights. After massive delays this summer, Southwest trimmed its fall schedule, which Van de Ven said had helped reduce delays in the past month. He said Southwest has already made significant cuts in its original schedules for November and December, “and if we think we need to do more, we will.”

There is a risk to fewer flights, however: It leaves Southwest with fewer options to accommodate stranded passengers.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged delays in part of Florida on Friday but pushed back against Southwest’s air-traffic control explanation. The FAA said Sunday that “some airlines” were experiencing problems because of planes and crews being out of position. Southwest was the only airline to report such a large percentage of canceled and delayed flights over the weekend.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said there was no evidence that would indicate the disruptions were caused by any sort of employee protest over vaccinations.

Some passengers were frustrated not just by flight delays but also the lack of a clear reason for them.

“My concern is we had no explanation really that was, I feel, very legitimate or believable,” said Brian Gesch of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, who was traveling through Reagan Washington National Airport with his wife. He doubted that weather and air traffic controllers were the real issue. “So we are frustrated and missing a day of work.”

Others were just concerned about getting home — any way they could.

Kent Moddelmog ended up driving 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) with his 14-year-old son from Phoenix to Dublin, California, after Southwest canceled their flight and he couldn’t find a flight on a competing airline that wasn’t exorbitantly priced. “I wasn’t going to drop $3,000 to get back,” Moddelmog said.

The sales director for a consulting company said he flies Southwest dozens of times a year but had “never been in a situation like that.”

Savanthi Syth, an airlines analyst for Raymond James, said the weekend problems will increase Southwest’s costs and worsen the company’s strained relations with unions.

Southwest has struggled all summer with high numbers of delayed and canceled flights. In August, it announced it was trimming its September schedule by 27 flights a day, or less than 1%, and 162 flights a day, or 4.5% of the schedule, from early October through Nov. 5.

The White House has pushed airlines to adopt vaccine mandates because they are federal contractors — they get paid by the Defense Department to operate flights, including those that carried Afghanistan refugees to the U.S. this summer.

United Airlines was the first major U.S. carrier to announce a vaccination requirement. Southwest had remained silent even after President Joe Biden announced his order for federal contractors and large employers. Finally last week, Southwest told employees they must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 to keep their jobs. Workers can ask to skip the shots for medical or religious reasons.

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Associated Press reporters Dan Huff in Washington, D.C., and R.J. Rico in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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AP source: Gruden out as Raiders coach over offensive emails

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By JOSH DUBOW

Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

A person familiar with the decision said Gruden is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were discovered in a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team but ended up costing Gruden his job.

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