Hall of Fame class has something for everybody
From bone-rattling tacklers Troy Polamalu, Steve Atwater and Cliff Harris to hard-charging runner Edgerrin James to the pass-catching brilliance of Isaac Bruce and Harold Carmichael, the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020 has something for everyone.
Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data
Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia, but theres no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots. Nursing homes have been required since last May to regularly report cases and deaths among residents and staff to the government. Nursing homes are again allowing loved ones to visit, and hugs are included. The main nursing home industry trade group, the American Health Care Association, says it supports disclosure of vaccination data. Wyden and Crapo said current government policy that encourages nursing homes to voluntarily report vaccination data to the government has only led to “limited participation by the industry.”The government should require nursing homes to break down vaccination data by race and ethnicity, given disparities in vaccine acceptance.
Boselli, Butler, await Hall of Fame vote, taken virtually this year
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Usually, the Hall of Fame selectors meet in a conference room at the league hotel at the site of the Super Bowl on Saturday morning, the day before the game. There, they present the 15 finalists, discuss and vote, paring the list down to 10, and finally to the 5 modern-day players selected for enshrinement in the hall of Fame in Canton. Of course, there are a couple of Jacksonville connections among the final 15. The Hall of Fame tweeted out a piece of his presentation:The HOF Selection Committee is meeting virtually today to discuss the candidates for the #PFHOF21 Class. “All the guys on that list have great credentials,” Boselli said after being named as one of the final 15 yet again.
'Hurting for hope,' South Dakota rural churches mark Advent
– The Nativity stable at Canton Lutheran Church will be silent this year, breaking from a community tradition of gathering for a live Christmas performance. Instead, churches in this rural corner of South Dakota are grappling with how to approach an Advent filled with quiet mourning after the coronavirus tore through the region. South Dakota and North Dakota, states largely spared from the worst of the pandemic during the spring and summer, have seen a frightening pace of death since October. “Advent is the season when we look forward, and long and wait for that new life to come upon us,” the Rev. How do you do that when you can’t give them a hug?” said Thies, the pastor at Canton Lutheran.
Fred Dean, 68, fearsome pass rusher of 49ers' dynasty, dies
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, former San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean waves to fans after his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty, has died. His death on Wednesday night, Oct. 14, 2020, was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Burrow, Bengals hit road vs Browns on NFL's 100th birthday
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) reacts after running for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. Outside, Burrow got lessons on Paul Brown, Jim Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bernie Kosar, The Ickey Shuffle and Dawg Pound. “In my eyes I played terrible through 3 1/2 quarters and then played up to my standards in the last drive and almost won the game,” Burrow said. RUN OVERThe Bengals significantly overhauled the NFL’s worst run defense of last season — 149 yards allowed per game —- and had a tough start against the Chargers, who ran for 155. Bengals coach Zac Taylor expects Bullock, who fully practiced on Tuesday, to handle kicking duties against the Browns.
Dunkin and Harpoon Brewery launch donut-infused beers.
Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin' are at it again, launching a series of new coffee andfor the first timedonut-infused beers for fall. A trio of new beers, Harpoon Dunkin' Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, Boston Kreme Stout, and Jelly Donut IPA, join Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter on shelves this September and mark the first time beers have been brewed with actual donuts from Dunkin'. ABV: 5.7%Harpoon Dunkin Coffee Porter | Harpoons first ever tribute to the Dunkin coffee that has helped keep Harpoon brewers running, this classic American Porter combines malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee with the comforting and familiar flavor of Dunkin Original Blend coffee. ABV: 6.0%"We're excited to elevate our collaboration with Harpoon this fall with the introduction of Harpoon Dunkin' Pumpkin beer and the first ever Harpoon beer made with real Dunkin' donuts," said Brian Gilbert, Vice President of Retail Business Development at Dunkin'. Harpoon Dunkin' Pumpkin will be available on draft and in bottled 6-packs as well as in the new Harpoon Dunkin' Dozen mix pack, which features 3 cans of each seasonal beer flavor.
Dunkin’ to close 800 US locations
CANTON, Mass – Dunkin’ is permanently closing about 800 locations across the country. That’s eight percent of its restaurants. The company detailed the changes in its quarterly earnings report thursday, CNN Business reports. The company described the closures as “real estate portfolio rationalizations.”It also said it may permanently close about 350 locations outside of the U.S.
Redskins retire Mitchell's jersey, rename stadium level
The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Mitchell and rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing former owner George Preston Marshall. (AP Photo/Gus Chan, File)The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. They will also rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing the section named for former owner George Preston Marshall. The team, which is under pressure to change its name during the ongoing national reckoning over racism, said Saturday that Mitchell's No. Significantly, dropping Marshall's name from the lower bowl of the stadium follows by one day the removal of his statue at RFK Stadium, the team's former home.
Fauci: Football may not happen this year due to coronavirus
Players are due to NFL training camp on July 22 with the Hall of Fame Game taking place in Canton, Ohio, on August 6. And the NCAA, which began to allow voluntary athletics activities in all Division I sports this month, on Wednesday approved a plan for summer athletic activities and preseason practice for the upcoming 2020 college football season, which is slated to get underway on August 29. But should there be any football played this season amid the coronavirus pandemic? If both NFL and college football seasons are able to finish, the Super Bowl will be played on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. The College Football Playoff National Championship game takes place on January 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Worker at Georgia Waffle House tests positive for new coronavirus
ATLANTA, Ga. – A worker at a Georgia Waffle House has tested positive for the new coronavirus, prompting co-workers to quarantine themselves in their homes, company officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile, five more people in Georgia have tested positive for the new virus strain, as coronavirus fears spread to schools and the Georgia Capitol. At the Georgia Capitol, Republican House Speaker David Ralston on Tuesday announced that the House page program will be suspended and visitors to the House floor will be limited. A child care center in Acworth also closed after a worker tested positive, and Cobb County closed a library branch where a worker had contact with a child from the day care. Two other Georgia school systems told parents that employees had gone into self-quarantine after potential contact.
Over a third of Americans are victims of 'porch pirates.' How not to become a statistic
Baltimore resident Rosemarie Dumhart uses a decoy package, marked with an X, to discourage the so-called "porch pirates" operating in the Canton area of Baltimore, Maryland, on December 17, 2018. SEBASTIEN DUVAL | AFP | Getty ImagesThe "porch pirate" has become the real-life Grinch of many Americans' holiday season. An estimated 36% of Americans have had a delivered package stolen from outside their home at least once, according to C+R Research. The holiday season is a gold mine for porch pirates. UPS recommends requiring a signature for package delivery or pickup at a partner location such as a Duane Reade drugstore.cnbc.com
Acting FDA chief inspects two international mail facilities for illicit vaping and opioid products
The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration inspected two international mail centers this week to examine U.S. efforts to seize foreign shipments of illicit vaping products, fentanyl and other drugs, the agency said Tuesday. "It is truly remarkable to have witnessed the stunning volume of parcels that come into a single international mail facility on any given day," Sharpless said in a statement Tuesday. "Many of these parcels lack any package labeling, contain products labeled as dietary supplements with hidden drug ingredients, or contain drug products or medical devices that are unapproved or counterfeit." Regulatory officials say international mail facilities are prime targets for drug traffickers because parcel and vehicle inspections at the centers are limited due to staffing shortages. Sharpless also said FDA authorities are working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to identify potentially illicit vaping products.cnbc.com
'Let our voices be heard': March against immigration raids
The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi's heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. Today, as President Donald Trump and Republican allies continue to defend the raids, churches have emerged as the top sources of spiritual and material support to the mostly Mexican and Guatemalan workers targeted by the raids. Hours after the officials' televised appearances, more than 250 people filled Sacred Heart to overflowing. The Canton church has emerged as a hub of the community's response to the raid. She said Sunday at Sacred Heart that her husband, Gumensihdo Rodriguez-Lopez, had been seized by federal agents at Peco and is now held in Natchez, Mississippi.chicagotribune.com
Teal the Podcast | Mark Brunell talks Hall of Fame with Tony Boselli
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Saturday before the Super Bowl, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced. For the third year in a row, former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli is a finalist. Mark Brunell sits down with Boselli to discuss his career and his chances to get a call to Canton.