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Secret Service increases protection on Joe Biden as he unofficially becomes president-elect

first_imgAdditional agents are reportedly being added Friday to the team protecting Biden.That full protection may still be delayed if Donald Trump refuses to concede, though: “If Biden is considered the clear winner and Trump does not concede, the Secret Service could wait under agency protocol until the electoral college meets in mid-December to certify the vote results before officially treating Biden as the president-elect,” the Post reports.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The airspace over Biden’s home in Delaware is now considered National Defense Airspace, however. So things appear to be moving in the right direction for Biden to get the protection his position merits, and the threat of Trump’s supporters demands.last_img read more

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Education vs. Fun

first_imgAll people my age can remember getting out of 7th period class to go to an athletic contest.  We also can remember, if not weekly, at least bi-monthly pep sessions.  It seems that all of us graduated on time and most of us did quite well as we went on to further our education.  However, today somebody has decided that not one minute of any school day can be used for anything other than academic instruction.  I would be willing to bet that the majority of the schools, especially those over 500 students, have not had a pep session in years.  I keep reading that club activities will have to meet before the school day or after the school day and the sponsors will have to volunteer their time to lead them.  I guess we learn nothing from history on how to keep a student alert, focused, and interested in education.  What is the old saying?–“all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy”.  I doubt if a 30-minute pep session on a Friday afternoon ever kept a student out of college.  Someone sitting at a desk in a state education department is pondering why students commit suicide at a higher rate now than what they used to.  I think I know one answer–all pressure and no fun!last_img read more

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College football Week 12 primer: Heisman Watch, upset picks, predictions and more

first_imgThe Tigers have a future No. 1 pick at quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, an All-American tailback in Travis Etienne who averages 8.9 yards per carry, a receiver who averages 20.4 yards per catch in Tee Higgins and a defense led by the multi-talented Isaiah Simmons. Did we mention they have won 25 straight games?  Clemson might play in the ACC, but they aren’t like the other teams in the ACC. They also are a victim of a close 21-20 victory on Sept. 28 against North Carolina. One more time: The Tigers won the game.   The Tigers at +300 to win a national championship might be a steal. No. 23 Navy meets No. 16 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC) in the first of those matchups. No. 4 Georgia travels to No. 12 Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS) in the afternoon slot along with a matchup between No. 8 Minnesota and No. 20 Iowa (4 p.m., FOX). The prime-time spotlight shines on the Big 12 with No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor (7:30 p.m., ABC).  WEEK 12 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadNo. 5 Georgia travels to No. 13 Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS) in the biggest SEC game of the week, and No. 7 Minnesota is an underdog at No. 23 Iowa (4 p.m., FOX). No. 12 Baylor puts its unbeaten record on the line against No. 10 Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., ABC) in the primetime slot. Every week, Sporting News will survey the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 12:  Heisman watch   LSU’s Joe Burrow took control of the Heisman Trophy race after hitting 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards and rushing for 64 more yards in a 46-41 victory against Alabama last Saturday. That effectively knocked Tua Tagovailoa and the rest of the field into a race for second. Ohio State’s Chase Young won’t be on the field in Week 12, so this is an opportunity for Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts to firm up a spot as a finalist.  Hurts still leads all FBS quarterbacks with a 94.1 QBR, and he ranks second in the FBS in total offense at 401.2 yards per game. Burrow is third at 376.3. Hurts by no means will catch Burrow with a victory at Baylor, but it’s still a chance to stay in the Heisman vote and continue the never-ending debate with Tagovailoa.  Who is second on your ballot right now?  Coach on the spot  Penn State is coming off a 31-26 loss at Minnesota, and the Nittany Lions cannot afford to look ahead to next week’s noon showdown with No. 2 Ohio State.  Not with Indiana coming to Happy Valley. James Franklin can’t lose this game. The Nittany Lions are 5-6 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2017, and the Hoosiers are No. 24. Indiana is 0-10 at Beaver Stadium, however.  The Nittany Lions must win out to get to the College Football Playoff, but a loss here and next win in Columbus would be devastating for a program on the rise.Upset alert   We will give you three doors to choose from:  Can Auburn throw a wrench into the Playoff race by knocking off Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium? The Tigers won the last meeting 40-17 in 2017 and are 7-1 ATS as home underdogs under Gus Malzahn. That’s a tough spot for the Bulldogs.  Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 12, 2016, then beat No. 3 Ohio State in the same place on Nov. 4, 2017. Will Kirk Ferentz beat another top-10 team at home for the third time in four seasons with Minnesota coming to down?  Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is 7-2 against Navy, but he has never lost to the Midshipmen in South Bend. Navy won at Notre Dame Stadium in 2007 and 2009, however, and they can slow the Irish’s so-so run defense down.  One of those is going to happen Saturday. We just don’t know which door to choose.  Over/under  Alabama suffered a November loss, but that will not be the defining reason as to why they would be left out of the CFP.  Of the 20 playoff participants since 2020, a total of five lost in November. That list includes Michigan State (Nov. 7, 2015), Clemson (Nov. 12, 2016), Washington (Nov. 12, 2016), Georgia (No. 11, 2017) and Alabama (Nov. 25, 2017). The Crimson Tide  There have been six undefeated teams, too, and among other nine playoff teams seven lost in October and two lost in September. That says it’s still better to lose early, but it really does not matter if you don’t lose twice.  Think about it …   Clemson averages more points this year than last year – a slim difference of 45.3 to 44.3 – and is giving up fewer points than last year – 11.5 to 13.1 – and yet they are considered a rung below LSU and Ohio State.   Week 12 of the college football season has arrived, and there are just three more weeks until the College Football Playoff pairings are revealed.  There are four matchups involving teams ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings.  last_img read more