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Is Trumponomics working? Answer: Recession looming, trade wars harmful

This time last year, the best news on the world economy came from outside the United States. China had restored its grip after two financial mini-crises; emerging markets were booming; France was celebrating labor reform delivered by a pro-market young president. Meanwhile, U.S. growth was lackluster and the dollar was weakening. President Donald Trump was not making America great again.
Fast forward one year, and the picture is different. U.S. growth came in at 4.2 percent in the second quarter, trouncing the 1.5 percent recorded in the euro zone and the 3 percent in Japan. U.S. unemployment stands at a rock-bottom 3.9 percent, less than half the rate of the euro zone. The S&P 500 stock market index is up more than 9 percent this year, while European and Japanese markets have fallen slightly, and China has taken a big hit. Fully 64 percent of Americans tell Gallup that now is a good time to find a quality job.
So is Trumponomics working? With one significant caveat, the answer is no. For one thing, Trump’s trade policy is turning out to be worse than expected. For another, the growth surge mostly reflects a temporary sugar high from last December’s tax cut. Economists are already penciling in a recession for 2020.
The caveat has to do with corporate investment. Some aspects of the tax cut were straightforwardly appalling: At a time of toxic inequality and declining intergenerational mobility, inheritance taxes ought to be increased, but Trump cut them. However, the reduction in the corporate tax rate, coupled with incentives for businesses to invest more, has boosted spending on R&D, information technology and other machinery. Extra investment should make workers more productive. It might even shift U.S. growth to a higher trajectory.
Economists are notoriously bad at predicting productivity spurts. So you can’t rule out the possibility that the Trump investment incentives are hitting the economy just as a new wave of IT innovations is ripe for deployment. Sensors, cameras and predictive software may upgrade everything from ports to power grids. Translation programs and collaboration apps such as Slack and Dropbox may boost teamwork across time zones and language barriers.
The question is whether the expected productivity boost will outweigh the drag from the tax cut’s other consequence: a huge rise in federal debt. For what it’s worth, most forecasters are pessimistic. The extra $1 trillion or so of federal debt will have to be serviced: Today’s sugary tax cuts imply tax hikes in the future. Likewise, the corporate investment incentives are temporary: They may simply bring investment forward, depriving tomorrow’s economy of its tech caffeine jolt. Following this logic, many Wall Streeters expect a recession once the sugar high dissipates. The Tax Policy Center estimates that gross domestic product in 2027 will be the same as it would have been without the tax cut. There will be no growth to compensate for extra inequality and debt.
And that is without considering the harm from Trump’s trade wars. In Europe, Trump has browbeaten U.S. allies and reserves the right to beat them up further; the only “gain” is a discussion of a new trade deal that was on offer anyway before Trump’s election. In the Americas, Trump has arm-twisted Mexico into accepting a new version of NAFTA that is worse than the old one, and demands that Canada sign on. Henceforth, cars made in North America must comply with complex local-content rules. This will raise their cost, harming U.S. motorists and the competitiveness of U.S. carmakers in other markets.
But the greatest damage stems from Trump’s trade war with China. His opening demand — that China abandon its subsidies for strategic high-tech industries — was never going to be met by a nationalistic dictatorship committed to industrial policy. His bet that tariffs will drive companies to shift production to the United States is equally forlorn. If manufacturers pull out of China, they are more likely to go elsewhere in Asia. And even if some manufacturing does come to the United States, this gain will be outweighed by the job losses stemming from Trump’s tariffs, which raise costs for industries that use Chinese inputs. In short, Trump isn’t helping the American workers he claims to speak for. Instead, he is battering the rules-based international system that offers the best chance of constraining China.
Phases in economic history are remembered by their labels: the go-go ’60s, the stagflationary ’70s and so on. The current populist era in the United States will turn out no better than populist projects elsewhere: in Britain, where a self-harming experiment in deglobalization has dragged down the national growth rate; in Italy, where expensive promises to voters could bring on a debt crisis. So do not be surprised if the populists are temporarily popular: Popularity is what they crave most, after all. But recall that, everywhere and throughout history, the populists’ folly is unmasked in the end.
Mallaby, author of “The Man Who Knew: The Life & Times of Alan Greenspan,” is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.
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Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 letters: Kavanaugh editorial, Amendment 74, youth suicide, weather reporting

Who has the burden of proof in the Kavanaugh case?
Re: “Kavanaugh must now clear his name,” Sept. 19 editorial.
Please tell me that the editors of this newspaper know that in America it is not up the accused to prove his innocence, it is up to the accuser and the prosecutor to prove guilt, beyond a reasonable doubt.
Judge Kavanaugh’s name is already “clear.” He has an unblemished record for integrity and truthfulness.
He has undergone six FBI background investigations during his career. Sixty-five women who knew him in high school have written a letter vouching for him as an honorable man who has always treated women with respect.
That is the sort of thing that jurors (in this case the American public) take into consideration in determining credibility. Against this, we have a woman who sat on her last minute, unsupported allegations of misconduct for 36 years and who cannot even remember whose house the alleged party was at, or even exactly when the alleged incident occurred.
So, Judge Kavanaugh, a man with an unblemished reputation, need not “clear his name.” It is up to Ms. Ford to prove her allegations by clear and convincing evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Richard Stacy, Highlands Ranch

Your headline above the editorial in today’s paper states that Judge Kavanaugh must now clear his name. I would ask how exactly he is supposed to do that? As soon as the accusation was made, the man’s entire life and career were completely upended.
His categorical denial and a sterling record as a jurist and a person are the only defense he can offer. Given the circumstances surrounding the charge and the utter impossibility that any credible investigation could shed further light, those might suffice.
In the era of #MeToo they will not. Your editorial makes that quite clear.
Judge Kavanaugh will not join the Supreme Court, regardless of the sterling nature of his character, his outstanding record as a judge, the veracity of his accuser or the eloquence of his defense. At this point in our history, there is no way forward for him.
By accepting this nomination, he perhaps unknowingly became the target upon whom the left would unleash every weapon in its arsenal. Now he has been nuked. Rather than joining the nation’s highest court, he will be lucky to avoid being run out of public service altogether.
Republicans should have seen this coming. Trump’s next nominee had better be a woman.
George Zepernick, Denver

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault.
Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey, in 2012, there were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 years or older.
The question of why no one will take appropriate action looms over the victim, self-worth is battered. As a result, only 30 percent of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities. We must create an expectation of fairness.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is attempting to orchestrate a Supreme Court confirmation hearing in which no FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations has occurred.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has taken a lie detector test, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not. Therapy session notes provide corroboration. Absent adequate fact finding, we will not know if an attempted rapist has been elevated to the Supreme Court.
Mona W. Clark, Loveland

How typical. You conveniently ignore anything that doesn’t fit your narrative. This is a cleverly concocted hoax, nothing more. “I can’t really remember what year or where it happened, but I’m absolutely positive it was them.”
What a crock! Certainly she has suffered some trauma in her life, but it wasn’t this.
This is a story so well put together, it is impossible to refute. Let’s get on to the vote.
Lee J. Reynolds, Lakewood

The juxtaposition of The Post editorial and political cartoon with the letter to the editor by Stan Moore “Of course the Kavanaugh bombshell was strategic” in today’s Denver was not lost on me.
Moore labeled Judge Kavanaugh’s “pawing” of a girl at an underage party three decades ago as a stupid teenage stunt.
Though a 71-year-old man, I can distinctly remember my teenage years and the myriad drinking parties I attended. If I’d been paid for each “kegger” and “woodsie” I stumbled through, I could have paid cash for a car right out of college.
However, no matter what the stage of my youthful intoxication, there was never a time where attempting to attack a female party-goer would have crossed my mind.
My built in governor, I suppose, was my solid middle-class, mid-West upbringing, and the consistent message from my parents about respect for others. This included very specific advice from my father to always respect women, a special admonition from my old-school, unpretentious dad which never seemed patronizing.
These I believe closely relate to the most crucial points of the editorial and cartoon; that attempted rape is not a normal youthful indiscretion which is a fact not changed by the passage of time.
Bruce Mendelson, Aurora

As a voting senior citizen I couldn’t care less what Kavanaugh is accused of by some little sweetie pie when he was 15 or 16 years old, 35 years ago.
Let’s turn loose the FBI on every senator and find out what they did in daddies’ car when they were 16 or 17 years old. We wouldn’t have any senators left.
This is just another dirt, smear, campaign, which is what Democrats do best and that’s all.
Hank Urbanowicz, Englewood

A “yes” on Amendment 74 means just compensation
Re: “Voters should reject Amend. 74,” Sept. 16 editorial
The editorial entitled “Voters should reject Amend. 74” has given us an excellent teaching moment.
Amendment 74 would require that rule changes that diminish the value of a property must be compensated by the government as a “taking.”
The Post opposes this. To prove its case, the editorial cites a recent change to the building code to ban “slot” homes (that is, units that face an alley rather than the street).
With the amendment, such a change would require compensation and therefore probably never happen.
Yes. That’s exactly the point.
Lesson 1: There is absolutely no reason why a developer should not be allowed to build a “slot” home. And absolutely no reason why a willing buyer should not be allowed to buy one.
Lesson 2: This is exactly the type of pointless regulation that keeps the supply of housing down and prices high.
Lesson 3: If the Denver City Council decides that banning “slot” homes is beneficial for “the community,” then why should its cost fall entirely on the developers who happen to own properties suitable for “slot” homes? Why shouldn’t the entire community pay this cost since the entire community is allegedly benefiting?
The editorial claims that “[w]e are staunch advocates of property rights…” but this is pure eyewash. True staunch advocates of property rights, and the freedoms they entail, would see Amendment 74 for exactly what it is: a curative for capricious government policies and a just allocation of the costs of actions which allegedly benefit the broad public.
Roger Barris, Evergreen

Suicide prevention is complex; education is key
Re: “Mom speaks out after boy, 9, kills himself,” Aug. 28 news story
Nine-year-old Jamel Myles’ death by suicide sparked sadness throughout Colorado communities and set the tone for Suicide Prevention Month.
The concern with the news coverage, however, was that it fell short of painting a complete picture — the complexity of suicide.
It is important for the public to understand that individuals who die by suicide have multiple factors present that put them at increased risk.
Bullying can indeed be an acute stressor that increases risk of death by suicide, but for many, there are other factors present that contribute to their experience and desire to die, including perceived burdensomeness, lack of social support, isolation, and mental health needs.
These elements paint a more complex picture than headlines that state bullying leads to suicide. By educating one another and reducing stigma around suicide, we can support healthy conversations about risk and hopefully save more lives.
Khara Croswaite Brindle, Denver

Those “talking raincoats” are in harm’s way
The waves crash in on coastal Carolina. Winds topple ancient white oak trees, less resilient than the thrashing palms which still shed sharp leaves and other detritus borne by 80-85 miles per hour.
Yet the media still feel compelled to send huge crews into the danger zone: cameramen, producers, directors, sound men and, of course, the on-air “talking raincoats.”
On-scene reporters, averaging 10-15 per network with their associated support staffs routinely place hundreds of otherwise innocent people in harm’s way merely to broadcast pictures of driving rain, lashing winds, and rising storm surge.
I am amazed that no media worker has yet died in this reckless race to destruction.
While it is vital to track major weather and other events threatening the U.S. mainland and territories, any accounting of deaths and injuries must not be increased by an unfortunate intersection of the path of an air-borne street sign and a “Lands’ End” clad meteorologist with a microphone.
Joe Gardner, Grand Junction
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Colorado woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in college dorm room, per report

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from a Colorado woman.
The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday night that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh’s first at Yale University.
The New Yorker said 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez, who is from Colorado, described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine. Ramirez recalled that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away, the magazine reported.
Ramirez is being represented by Stan Garnett, the former district attorney in Boulder County, the New Yorker reported.
“I didn’t want any of this,” she told the New Yorker. “But now I have to speak.”
Shannon Beckham, communications adviser to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, said Bennet’s office put Ramirez in touch with Garnett’s firm.
“Judiciary staff reached out to our office and asked for a connection to someone who might be helpful should Deborah Ramirez decide to come forward with an allegation related to that made by Dr. Ford. We reached out to former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett who then met with Ms. Ramirez to work through how to analyze and present her allegations,” Beckham wrote in an email.
Garnett is part of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of the largest law firms in Colorado that has netted millions in federal lobbying revenue with major connections in Washington.
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event “did not happen” and that the allegation was “a smear, plain and simple.” A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was “designed to tear down a good man.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called Sunday night for the “immediate postponement” of any further action on Kavanaugh’s nomination. She also asked the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to have the FBI investigate the allegations of both Ford and Ramirez.
The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh and that the allegation came to Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer. She had been considering speaking to the magazine for at least a week. Meanwhile, Republicans were pressing for a swift hearing and a vote.
The magazine reported that Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly “partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.” She also acknowledged reluctance “to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.”
The magazine reported that after “six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections” to recall the incident.
The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after nearly a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.
The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story. The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.
It had seemed assured before Ford, a 51-year-old California college professor, went public a week ago with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.
Kavanaugh, 53, an appellate court judge, has denied Ford’s allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford’s lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance. She made several requests, some of which were accommodated — a Thursday hearing, three days later than originally scheduled, and a smaller hearing room with less press access to avoid a media circus, for example. Grassley’s staff also agreed to let Ford testify without Kavanaugh in the room, for there to be only one camera in the room, “adequate” breaks and a high security presence.
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The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford’s desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.
“As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee cannot hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses,” Mike Davis, Grassley’s top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ford’s lawyers obtained by The Associated Press. “The committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them. These are non-negotiable.”
Ford’s lawyers said it was still unclear who will ask questions, as Republicans were trying to hire an outside female counsel who could take over the questioning. The 11 senators on the GOP side of the dais are all men, which could send an unwanted message on live television against the backdrop of the #MeToo era. They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee.
Democratic senators were expected to ask their own questions.
“We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions,” the attorneys for Ford said in a statement.
As he builds a case for his innocence, Kavanaugh plans to turn over to the committee calendars from the summer of 1982 that don’t show a party consistent with Ford’s description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper reported that it had examined the calendars and noted they list basketball games, movie outings, football workouts, college interviews, and a few parties with names of friends other than those identified by Ford.
A person working on Kavanaugh’s confirmation confirmed the Times account to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford were contesting two GOP conditions — that Ford and Kavanaugh would be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel would ask the questions.
“If they continue to contest those two things, there won’t be a hearing,” Graham said. “We’re not going to let her determine how many people we call” and on outside counsel. “I hope she comes.”
Graham, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh “will be challenged” but said “unless there’s something more” to back up her accusation, he indicated he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Graham said he’s “not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.”
One issue that appeared to have been resolved in Sunday’s hour-long phone call between Judiciary staff and Ford’s lawyers was the committee’s refusal to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford alleges was in the room when the assault occurred. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident.
The lawyers for Ford want the committee to hear from other witnesses, including a person who conducted a polygraph of Ford earlier this year, the person familiar with the talks said. Ford’s lawyers also want to call on two trauma experts, the person said.
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford’s requests have been reasonable and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are serious enough to vote down Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Durbin acknowledged that lawmakers will “probably not” be able to know the truth of Ford’s decades-old accusation. But Durbin left little doubt that that Democrats will go after Kavanaugh’s drinking history to help shed light on the matter. Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” when it happened.
Durbin told ABC’s “This Week” that some Republicans “reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote” on Kavanaugh is cast.
Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford’s claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it’s unnecessary. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein, sent a letter to Trump on Sunday saying the FBI has more than enough time to investigate before Ford and Kavanaugh testify on Thursday.
Republicans viewed the demands for an investigation, and Ford’s various requests, as a way to delay voting on Trump’s nominee. They have also cast some doubt on Ford’s allegations, with the Judiciary panel announcing that it had investigated the incident and talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party — Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question.
The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn’t remember the party.
The White House is approaching Ford’s potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh’s chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.
Moreover, the West Wing aides who had urged Trump to remain muted in his response to the accusations worried about how the president might react to an hourslong, televised hearing. Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford’s story Friday in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid. He said Kavanaugh was “under assault by radical left wing politicians” and suggested Ford should have filed charges as a 15-year-old when she was attacked.
Trump mused to confidants that the “fake” attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Hope Yen in Washington and Jonathan Lemire in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and The Denver Post’s Nic Garcia and Anna Staver contributed to this report.


A strip club accepted food stamps for drugs and lap dances, a 5-month investigation revealed

In a strip club near Dayton, Ohio, food stamps were frequently accepted as payment for lap dances and illicit drugs, police said last week. An investigation resulted in criminal charges and the revocation of the establishment’s liquor license.
Over nearly a half-year span, police say, undercover agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit were able use nearly $2,500 worth of food stamps to buy dances and drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamines, from Sharkey’s, an adult entertainment lounge in a neighborhood north of downtown.
Authorities charged club employees and patrons with a panoply of criminal offenses: drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, corruption and illegal sexual activity.
State officials announced the revocation on Thursday, marking the second time since May that they have cited a Dayton-area strip club for food stamp and drug trafficking. The first involved an establishment called the Harem, which is only about a block from Sharkey’s.
The enforcement actions come almost one year after agents executed search warrants at three of the city’s strip clubs, including Sharkey’s and the Harem. Those warrants, executed in September 2017, also resulted in citations for drug sales and food stamp trafficking. It was not immediately clear whether Thursday’s announcement was connected to last year’s investigation.
In 2017, the Dayton Daily News reported, the local county prosecutor asked that a judge shut down the Harem, calling it “a sex and drug den.”


CU Boulder opens exhibit exploring relationship between science, art

A new exhibit at the University of Colorado illustrates how art and science can be intertwined.
The exhibit opened Friday and was organized by faculty, staff and students through CU’s Nature, Environment, Science and Technology Studio for the Arts. The exhibit and the broader studio program are funded by a Grand Challenge grant, which originated during the Obama administration.
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“We proposed to the university that it would be a great idea to have more overt collaboration between artists and scientists and that there should be a physical hub for that kind of collaboration to happen and also an umbrella organization that could help facilitate those kinds of collaborations that were already in progress,” said Erin Espelie, the co-director of the studio and an assistant professor.
The exhibit fills a wing of the newly opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement, and the pieces take many forms — glass plates, sculptures, drawings, virtual reality. Many were funded by the grant and created by graduate student pairs of scientists and artists.
“Everyone likes the idea of inter-disciplinary, but it can be very hard to fund and very hard to implement,” said Tara Knight, the co-director of the studio and an associate professor. “This is an opportunity to have these encounters here on campus.”
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Newberry: Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it

ATLANTA — They had waited more than five years for this moment.
No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back.
No way were they listening to those red-shirted marshals, a bit of terror in their eyes as they pleaded futilely for everyone to come to their senses.
They had to feel it, touch it, see if with their own eyes.
Maybe that was the only way to persuade themselves that this most remarkable of comebacks had actually happened.
Tiger Woods.
A winner again.
The staid ol’ Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory.
“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” they chanted over and over, looking very much like they may storm the Tudor-style clubhouse, the roar carrying all the way to Peachtree.
It was thrilling, exhilarating, even a bit frightening for those caught in the middle of the mob.
Then again, it was not an unexpected reaction given what Woods has meant to the game of golf — to the entire sporting world, really.
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“From one goat (greatest of all time) to another I can only imagine what @TigerWoods is feeling today,” tweeted Michael Phelps, the winningest athlete in Olympic history. “Pumped to be watching this today!! Have fun out there today my man!!!”
Despite an influx of talented young players in recent years, golf just hasn’t been the same since Woods went away, his brilliant career derailed by debilitating injuries and personal demons.
As NBC analyst Roger Maltbie put it, “He doesn’t just move the needle, he is the needle.”
But that needle looked broken beyond repair as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years. It had been 1,876 days since his last victory, and even Woods had moved on from the idea of ever winning another golf tournament.
He was more concerned about his quality of life.
“The low point was not knowing if I’d ever be able to live pain-free again,” Woods said. “Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in. I just didn’t want to live that way. Is this how the rest of my life is going to be? (If so), it’s going to be a tough rest of my life. So, I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and my leg.”
On April 19, 2017, he underwent surgery for the fourth time, this time to fuse his lower back. About six weeks later, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel of his car with the motor running.
Woods blamed it on a bad combination of pain medications. Everyone figured he’s gotten hooked on drugs as a way of coping with a body that never stopped hurting. The idea of ever playing competitive golf again — much less winning — seemed downright ludicrous.
Then, miraculously, the dark cloud lifted.
Woods got himself cleaned up. The pain went away. Just four months after reporting he couldn’t hit the ball more than 60 yards, Woods rejoined the PGA Tour and made the cut in his first event at Torrey Pines.
By the time the summer rolled around, he was in the mix at the major championships.
He earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
He played his way into the finale of the FedEx Cup playoff.
Finally, on a blistering fall day in Atlanta, he made it official.
The comeback was complete.
“I just didn’t know whether or when this would ever happen again,” he said. “I just didn’t know if I could ever piece together a golf swing.”
Woods wasn’t fully aware of all the commotion going on behind him as he strolled down the 18th fairway, chatting and smiling with playing partner Rory McIlroy in the final group.
When he got up to the green, Woods could finally survey the remarkable scene. It reminded him a bit of Jack Nicklaus winning the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1980, the crowds invading the course as the Golden Bear wrapped up a victory that defied those skeptics who thought he was all washed up at age 40.
“Jack Is Back,” the scoreboard famously proclaimed.
“I just didn’t have the tight pants and the hair,” Woods quipped. “But it was all good.
There was no message on the East Lake leaderboard.
This time, the most telling moment came after Woods teed off at the 14th hole, which dissects the walk to the tee for No. 17.
His closest challenger, Billy Horschel, was heading that way.
He saw Woods coming.
He stopped to let him pass.
It only seemed right.
Tiger Woods is back.
And golf is better for it.


Broncos’ block party a lone bright spot in loss to Ravens

BALTIMORE — Broncos linebacker Joe Jones understands the reason why he made Denver’s active roster. Namely, be a monster on special teams.
“My goal is to make the Pro Bowl doing this stuff,” Jones said.
Jones, a second-year undrafted player from Northwestern, took a step closer Sunday against Baltimore when the the Ravens attempted a first quarter punt inside their own 15-yard line. The Denver front shifted to the left, Jones squared up an offensive tackle, and then used film study to break him down in one quick motion.
“Once he went to the outside shoulder, I just ripped inside and it was clear as day,” Jones said. “It was just kind of the way it was dialed up.”
Jones blocked the punt, Denver gained possession at the Baltimore 6 and running back Royce Freeman ran into the end zone on the next snap. The Broncos weren’t done with their special teams block party, either. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker attempted a 43-yard field goal midway through the second quarter when safety Justin Simmons made his move.
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Simmons jumped through the space between Baltimore’s long snapper and left guard. “At that point in time I’m thinking, ‘Go make the play,” he said. That choice paid off with an uninterrupted path to block the football. Had it not been for a questionable block-in-the-back penalty, cornerback Chris Harris‘ return to the end zone would have given Denver the lead.
“It was just something that we practiced all week,” Simmons said. “(Special teams coordinator Tom McMahon) does a great job of self-scouting teams and looking at weaknesses to see what we needed. That was just one of the plays that we needed and executed.”
The Broncos lost 27-14 but gained continued momentum for drastically improved special teams play in 2018.
“It means a lot to me,” Jones said. “This is what I take pride in. This is what I work on every day before, during and after practice. I’m going to do everything I can to make plays.”

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Driver of stolen motorcycle dies in crash after escaping from police in Commerce City

A man who police say stole a motorcycle in Commerce City died after crashing with a vehicle about half-a-mile from where he was first spotted by law enforcement.
Police said they found a reported stolen motorcycle in the area of 72nd Ave. and Monaco Street just before 9 a.m., but when they tried to stop the driver, the man sped away. Officers decided not to chase him.
A short time later, Commerce City residents reported a crash had taken place about five blocks west, in the area of 72nd Ave. and Ivy St. Police were told a motorcyclist collided with a vehicle in that intersection.
The man was declared dead at the scene. Investigators did not release a condition on the person driving the vehicle.


Rocky Mountain National Park seeks public’s help in elk poaching cases

Rocky Mountain National Park officials are seeking the public’s help as they investigate two incidents of elk poaching over the weekend.

Saturday morning, park visitors reported a dead bull elk next to Trail Ridge Road near the Ute Crossing Trail south of Forest Canyon Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers determined the large bull had been killed Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Previously, on the morning of Sept. 12, rangers found a large bull elk that had been poached on Trail Ridge Road near Milner Pass. The elk was killed overnight or early that morning. The bull’s head had been severed and the carcass remained.
Rangers are asking anyone with information on those incidents or other incidents related to wildlife poaching to call or text the National Park Investigative Services at 888-653-0009 or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-332-4155.


Kyle Freeland carries Colorado Rockies to a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — If the Rockies find a way into the postseason, they’re going to have to thank their pitchers. And perhaps they should be getting Kyle Freeland a new car or something.
Freeland was simply brilliant again Sunday afternoon at Chase Field where the Rockies hung on to beat the Diamondbacks, 2-0, and complete a three-game sweep. Colorado remained 1 ½ games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 1 ½ games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card spot.
The game had plenty of drama, especially in the eighth inning.
Reliever Adam Ottavino’s eighth included a record-breaking strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt, offset by consecutive walks that put the game, and perhaps the Rockies’ postseason hopes, in jeopardy. But fellow right-hander Seunghwan Oh rode to the rescue, striking out A.J. Pollock and getting Ketel Marte to pop out to center.
Ottavino has 108 strikeouts this season, the most by a reliever in club history, surpassing the 107 strikeouts by Curt Leskanic in 1995, Colorado’s first playoff season.
Closer Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth to notch his 41st save, tying the club record.
Once again, the Rockies received no help in their bid for a playoff berth. The Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Giants at St. Louis, winning 9-2. The Dodgers pounded San Diego 14-0 at Los Angeles.
Freeland added another phenomenal chapter to his season. He blanked Arizona for seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.84. Freeland’s had sharper performances, as evidenced by the seven hits he allowed, but he only walked one. Most important, he got big outs every time he needed them.
The seventh inning was a prime example. Marte reached on an error by rookie shortstop Garrett Hampson, then Freeland got catcher Jeff Mathis to fly out to left and pinch hitter Christian Walker to pop out to second baseman DJ LeMahieu. But Chris Owings kept the pressure on with a single that scooted Marte to third. No biggie for Freeland, who induced Eduardo Escobar to foul out to first baseman Ian Desmond.
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Colorado’s three-game sweep here showcased its bright young pitching talent. The three starters — German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Freeland — combined to pitch 21 innings and post a 1.29 ERA.
The Rockies’ offense, which came back to life in the first two games of the series, was quiet Sunday.
Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the third on Nolan Arenado’s run-scoring double, and increased its lead to 2-0 in the fifth on Gerardo Parra’s single to drive in D.J. LeMahieu. The potential was there for more runs in the fifth, but Ian Desmond grounded into a double play.
The Rockies finished their road season with 44 victories, the most in franchise history. They now head home for a crucial seven-game homestand that could well determine whether they will qualify for the playoffs. Colorado hosts Philadelphia for a four-game series that opens Monday night at Coors Field, followed by three games against Washington.

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