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why brian urlacher should be first-ballot hall of famer — despite ray lewis fact


when brian urlacher announced his retirement in 2013, he declared ray lewis the greatest middle linebacker of all time.now, both have a chance to be elected to the pro football hall of fame in the same year. urlacher and lewis are among 18 finalists announced tuesday night for the class of 2018.in 13 seasons leading the bears defense, urlacher certainly had a hall of fame-worthy career. the only question is whether he will be a first-ballot selection along with lewis, who is considered a slam dunk as a 13-time pro bowl selection, seven-time first-team all-pro pick and two-time super bowl champion.it’s rare for multiple players from the same position to be selected in their first year of eligibility. the only pure examples in the modern era are at quarterback with troy aikman and warren moo






all-american bob stein returns to college football hall of fame ballot


bob stein, an all-american defensive end for the gophers in 1967, is one of 75 players from football bowl subdivision schools listed on the 2018 college football hall of fame ballot released thursday.stein played for minnesota from 1966 to 1968 and was a two-time first-team all-big ten selection. he debuted on this hall of fame ballot in 2013.nineteen former gophers have been enshrined into the college football hall of fame, including bronko nagurski, bruce smith, paul giel, bobby bell, carl eller and sandy stephens.the next hall of fame selections will be announced jan. 8, 2018, before the college football playoff national championship.newcomers to the ballot this year include former virginia tech coach frank beamer, former texas coach mack brown and former players charles woodson, ed ree






2018 nfl pro bowl selections: steelers lead with eight players picked


pittsburgh had the most selections, followed by philadelphia and new orleans.        






vote yes to constitutional convention, other proposals on back of the ballot


a voter casting a ballot. photo credit: howard schnapp by the editorial boardupdated november 5, 2017 12:02 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailthis year’s ballot includes, as always, the names of many candidates seeking office. but after you make your selections, we have an urgent request:turn the ballot over.there are three important proposals on the other side. each merits your attention, and your approval.why new york needs a constitutional conventionproposal one is the amendment responsible for all those lawn signs and social media messages. it asks new yorkers a simple question: should the state hold a constitutional convention to amend its constitution?before you vote, ask yourself:are you frustrated with new york state government? are you tired of waiting for change t






football: southern section at-large selections


at-large selections for the cif-southern section football playoffs were announced this morning, in advance of pairings releases later today.as expected, the trinity league received all three of the at-large berths in division 1, meaning that all six of the league teams will participate in the top division playoff.pairings will be posted as they are released between 10 a.m. and noon today.a complete list of at-large selections is available at cifss.org/sport-news/2017-18-11-man-football-large-teams/.






reusse: spielman's dominance of 7th round has purpleville saluting again


vikings general manager rick spielman once again is taking bows for accumulating extra selections in the nfl draft. never mind that all of his machinations led to the added selections coming in the seventh round, which in reality is nothing more than getting a head start on signing undrafted free agents.the vikings had eight choices entering the draft: one in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, two in the 4th and one apiece in the 5th, 6th and 7th. spielman was scheduled to have three selections in the top 86 -- meaning three in the first two days of the draft and five on saturday.the vikings wound up making 11 choices in the draft: one in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, two in the 4th, two in the 5th, one in the 6th and four in the 7th. spielman wound up making his third selection at no. 109 – meaning two






reusse: spielman's dominance of seventh round has purpleville saluting again


vikings general manager rick spielman once again is taking bows for accumulating extra selections in the nfl draft. never mind that all of his machinations led to the added selections coming in the seventh round, which in reality is nothing more than getting a head start on signing undrafted free agents.the vikings had eight choices entering the draft: one in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, two in the 4th and one apiece in the 5th, 6th and 7th. spielman was scheduled to have three selections in the top 86 -- meaning three in the first two days of the draft and five on saturday.the vikings wound up making 11 choices in the draft: one in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, two in the 4th, two in the 5th, one in the 6th and four in the 7th. spielman wound up making his third selection at no. 109 – meaning two






reusse: spielman's dominance of seventh round has purpleville saluting again


vikings general manager rick spielman once again is taking bows for accumulating extra selections in the nfl draft. never mind that all of his machinations led to the added selections coming in the seventh round, which in reality is nothing more than getting a head start on signing undrafted free agents.the vikings had eight choices entering the draft: one in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, two in the 4th and one apiece in the 5th, 6th and 7th. spielman was scheduled to have three selections in the top 86 -- meaning three in the first two days of the draft and five on saturday.the vikings wound up making 11 choices in the draft: one in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, two in the 4th, two in the 5th, one in the 6th and four in the 7th. spielman wound up making his third selection at no. 109 – meaning two






patrick reusse's (partial) baseball hall of fame ballot


chipper jones and jim thome should make it as first-year hall of famers. i voted for three more:• scott rolen. he was tremendous at a very under-represented position in hall: third base. keep him on ballot for further look.• omar vizquel. as great as ozzie smith as a fielding shortstop and played 400 more games.• johan santana. best starter in baseball for five years; two cy youngs; keep him above 5 percent to stay on ballot.






the freedom to decide who gets to turn in your absentee ballot – la times


earlier in my career, when i was a campaign volunteer, i would go door to door on election day and, without fail, would find someone who had their absentee ballot filled out but couldn't make it to a polling place. as a result, they couldn't cast a vote. by empowering voters to decide who can turn in their ballot, we break down another barrier to voting.






deadline to request absentee ballot in virginia


richmond, va. (ap) — tuesday is the last day virginia voters can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.voters have until 5 p.m. tuesday to request a ballot for the nov. 7 election.virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year. republican ed gillespie, democrat ralph northam and libertarian cliff hyra are vying to replace outgoing gov. terry mcauliffe, who cannot seek a second term.voters have until nov. 4 to request an absentee ballot in person. to vote absentee, voters must have a valid reason and in some cases provide supporting information.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.absentee ballots can be requested online at www.elections.virginia.gov






every year, players emerge from nowhere to become all-stars; here are this year’


former mariners justin smoak, logan morrison and jason vargas have put together strong first halves his season, putting themselves in contention for all-star nods.with voting wrapping up thursday, the starting lineups for the all-star game will be set. the annual debate about whether the fans’ voting was logical and rewarded the best players will rage. but the reserves and pitching spots, which are chosen by a combination of “player ballot” choices and selections made by the commissioner’s office, are just as important. obviously, there will be players left off the team that were deserving of selection. but perhaps the most entertaining aspect of those selections is the unlikely player having an unexpectedly great first half of the season that earns a spot on a roster. remember bryan lahai






former mariners aplenty on this year’s list of out-of-nowhere all-star candidate


former mariners justin smoak, logan morrison and jason vargas have put together strong first halves his season, putting themselves in contention for all-star nods.with voting wrapping up thursday, the starting lineups for the all-star game will be set. the annual debate about whether the fans’ voting was logical and rewarded the best players will rage. but the reserves and pitching spots, which are chosen by a combination of “player ballot” choices and selections made by the commissioner’s office, are just as important.obviously, there will be players left off the team that were deserving of selection. but perhaps the most entertaining aspect of those selections is the unlikely player having an unexpectedly great first half of the season that earns a spot on a roster.remember bryan lahair






getting big dogs, fraud, and errors out of colorado ballot access


let’s recount the fun of the republican showdown to get on the colorado primary ballot in 2016 for u.s. senate: one meme-inducing video, three court challenges, nine deaths by caucus and 34 felony forgery charges.despite efforts at the general assembly to address the issues that cropped up last year, the pressures on candidates and ballot questions qualifying for the ballot is only likely to intensify in 2018.a veritable horde of candidates are rushing down both sides of the aisle toward the governor’s mansion, and there will likely be a number of ballot questions relying on signatures again, too.there are two ways for statewide candidates to get their names on the primary ballot. the first is to go to a party’s state assembly and win at least 30 percent of the delegates’ vote. in 2016, on






california politics news feed - la times


few californians are likely to spend any time thinking about how carefully they signed their voter registration card years ago. nor is there much reason to assume that those who vote by mail think much about the neatness of their signature on the envelope containing that absentee ballot.but those two signatures — and whether they’re deemed to match — actually are key to whether the ballot counts.






weekly state high school volleyball rankings


the associated press poll for minnesota girls' volleyball, as provided by the state coaches' association on monday, oct. 16. first-place votes are in parentheses.others receiving votes: northfield - 26, moorhead - 24teams only appearing on one ballot - stmclass aothers receiving votes: holy angels - 51, kasson-mantorville - 33, kenyon-wanamingo - 28teams only appearing on one ballot - jackson county central, pipestoneothers receiving votes: canby - 34teams only appearing on one ballot - hill city, maccray, new life academy






political road map: a sloppy signature might keep your 2018 ballot from being co


few californians are likely to spend any time thinking about how carefully they signed their voter registration card years ago. nor is there much reason to assume that those who vote by mail think much about the neatness of their signature on the envelope containing that absentee ballot.but those two signatures — and whether they’re deemed to match — actually are key to whether the ballot counts. and while voting absentee was once uncommon, it’s now used by millions of californians, some who will be newly pushed into doing it come 2018.the reality is that current california law is so flexible as to be vague when it comes to what an elections official should do when faced with an absentee voter’s sloppy signature. it simply states that the ballot counts if the official “determines that the






petitions submitted for michigan redistricting ballot drive


lansing, mich. (ap) — a group that opposes the political gerrymandering of michigan’s congressional and legislative districts has submitted more than 425,000 signatures for a 2018 ballot drive.the proposed constitutional amendment would create an independent commission to redraw the lines once a decade. the process is now controlled by the legislature and governor, and is being criticized as too partisan.more than 100 volunteers with the voters not politicians ballot committee stood in a cold rain monday to turn in boxes of petitions at the state bureau of elections in lansing. they gathered the signatures without paying paid circulators, which is rare in michigan politics outside of ballot drives for anti-abortion measures.voters not politicians says its success shows voters are tired of






cubs may be forced to restructure tyler chatwood contract


a simple compromise in tyler chatwood’s contract likely will force the cubs to restructure the newcomer’s three-year, $38 million contract.in an effort to settle a small difference in value, the cubs and chatwood’s representatives agreed to a contract that included a clause in which chatwood would receive a $2 million increase in his $12.5 million salary for 2019 if he received one vote for the 2018 national leaguecy young award and a $4 million increase in his 2020 salary if he received one vote for the 2018 and 2019 awards.but the baseball writers association of america balked at the clause, and cubs general manager jed hoyer agreed the system is flawed. as an example, hoyer pointed to giving bonuses for all-star selections for players who could experience a terrible second half or be na






ada county democrats endorse medicaid ballot initiative


boise, idaho (ap) — democrats in ada county have adopted a resolution urging all eligible voters to sign a ballot initiative seeking to expand medicaid coverage.according to a resolution approved last week, the ada county democratic central committee said it will ask the chair of the ada county republican party to join in bi-partisan support of the petition due to the “moral and medical imperative” to end suffering.idaho lawmakers have long refused to consider expanding medicaid eligibility in idaho while also failing to come up with a solution to provide health coverage to the estimated 78,000 idahoans who currently don’t qualify for medicaid or make too much to for a subsidy. reclaim idaho , who is leading the ballot initiative effort, needs at least 48,000 signatures from registered vot






convention center tax hike gets more support than other proposals


the council is scheduled to vote monday on whether to put the convention center expansion on the ballot this november, and then vote june 19 on adding soccercity to the same ballot. (citytv)the council is scheduled to vote monday on whether to put the convention center expansion on the ballot this november, and then vote june 19 on adding soccercity to the same ballot. (citytv)






ohio board certifies ballot issue aimed to block puppy mills


columbus, ohio (ap) — a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at preventing puppy mills has been certified as a single ballot issue by ohio’s ballot board.the proposal would require dog breeders with eight or more unspayed female dogs and annual sales of more than 15 dogs to meet certain standards intended to improve animal care.to place the issue on the ballot, petitioners now will need to collect nearly 305,600 signatures, which is equivalent to 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2014.petitioners must gather signatures from at least 44 of ohio’s 88 counties. within each of those counties, petitioners must get enough signatures equal to 5 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2014.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






my ap top-25 basketball ballot: villanova is no. 1


here’s the final ballot of the season. as opposed to how it handles college football, the ap does not issue a postseason basketball poll.it lets the tournament to do the ranking.with all the focus now on march madness, i won’t spend any time explaining the ballot below.if you have questions, hit me on twitter in the morning. chances are, i’ll still be up.1. villanova2. gonzaga3. north carolina4. kansas5. arizona6. oregon7. kentucky8. duke9. ucla10. louisville11. baylor12. west virginia13. smu14. purdue15. notre dame16. cincinnati17. iowa state18. florida state19. virginia20. wichita state21. saint mary’s22. florida23. butler24. michigan25. wisconsin*** follow me on twitter: @wilnerhotline*** the hotline podcast is available on itunes.






saint mary's smashes byu to reach wcc tournament final


march 06, 2017, 6:34 am highlights from the penultimate ballot of the season. (our all-american teams, picks for player/coach of the year and final top-25 ballots are due next weekend. the ap does not release a post-ncaa tournament ranking) … *** kansas held its position atop the ballot, while gonzaga and villanova moved up one spot, to no. 2 and 3, respectively, after north carolina’s...






saint mary's smashes byu to reach wcc tournament final


march 06, 2017, 6:34 am highlights from the penultimate ballot of the season. (our all-american teams, picks for player/coach of the year and final top-25 ballots are due next weekend. the ap does not release a post-ncaa tournament ranking) … *** kansas held its position atop the ballot, while gonzaga and villanova moved up one spot, to no. 2 and 3, respectively, after north carolina’s...






markelle fultz goes first to philadelphia in nba draft as teams look for ways to


captionthe times' bill plaschke, lindsey thiry and tyler blint-welsh recap an eventful nba draft that included four selections for the lakers.the times' bill plaschke, lindsey thiry and tyler blint-welsh recap an eventful nba draft that included four selections for the lakers.






too few flushes get legislative candidate thrown off ballot


harrisburg, pa. — a democratic candidate's run for the pennsylvania legislature is down the drain — partly because he used too little water at the house he claimed as his residence.a state judge on thursday threw frederick ramirez off the ballot in the race for an open house seat in philadelphia.the judge found that low water and electric use at the house ramirez claimed as his residence showed he really didn't live in the district. from march through january he was billed for 95 gallons of water — which is less than two toilet flushes a month.his attorney says the number is misleading because of how bills are calculated.the decision means the overwhelmingly democratic district could soon be represented by a republican, the only candidate still on the ballot.






6 avalanche players (so far) set to play in world championships


at least six members of the avalanche have more hockey to play this spring — in the may 5-21 world championships in paris and cologne, germany.among the early avalanche representatives in the core-roster selections for the various national teams, matt duchene, nathan mackinnon, tyson barrie and calvin pickard will play for canada; j.t. compher for the united states; and mikko rantanen for finland.sixteen teams will compete in the annual tournament and more  avalanche players are expected to be on the core rosters as additional announcements are made. the early selections generally come from nhl teams missing the playoffs or european teams. players from first-round nhl playoff losers also can be added later.






democrat in tied virginia race will fight contested ballot in court, report says


democrat shelly simonds is reportedly ready to fight in court over the contested ballot that led to a tie for virginia's house of delegates.        






later picks bring lakers shooting, defensive skills


captionthe times' bill plaschke, lindsey thiry and tyler blint-welsh recap an eventful nba draft that included four selections for the lakers.the times' bill plaschke, lindsey thiry and tyler blint-welsh recap an eventful nba draft that included four selections for the lakers.






too few flushes get legislative candidate thrown off ballot


harrisburg, pa. — a democratic candidate's run for the pennsylvania legislature is down the drain — partly because he used too little water at the house he claimed as his residence.a state judge thursday threw frederick ramirez off the ballot in the race for an open house seat in philadelphia.the judge found that low water and electric use at the house ramirez claimed as his residence showed he really didn't live in the district. according to testimony, for 11 months he was billed for a total of about 3,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of less than two toilet flushes a day on average.his attorney said the number is misleading because of how bills are calculated.the decision means the overwhelmingly democratic district could soon be represented by a republican, the only candidate sti






jonathan lethem on his new mega-literary, meta-literary collection


writer jonathan lethem is best known as a novelist. his books “the fortress of solitude,” “dissident gardens” and “chronic city” have wowed audiences and critics alike. but the focus on the novels, though warranted, allows too many to overlook his criticism. his first collection, "the ecstasy of influence," revealed that his nonfiction follows the trajectory of his fiction — that is, toward nuance, paradox and what he calls “apertures.”criticism, by its very nature, usually applies totalizing arguments, attempting to reduce, simplify or explain a work, a writer or a subject. the greatest critics, though, work against this natural impulse. it's in his moments of pause, his conflicts of thought and his movements toward ambiguity, that we see a fine critical mind at work.lethem's second colle






want more people to vote? ease ballot access for minor parties


commentary: i appreciate ms beyer’s recent commentary about the need to increase voter participation and to ease the burdens on independent and minor party candidates. while i agree that the state (that is, the taxpayers) should not be funding elections for private clubs, i don’t think that opening the major party primaries to all voters is the solution.courtesy photorick lasswhy would a voter who chose not to join a party when she registered choose to vote in that party’s primary election? and more importantly, when it comes time for the general election — the one that really counts — new mexicans will still be left with only two choices (actually, in many new mexico elections, there is often only one name listed in november).i think a better solution is to make ballot access for minor pa






soccercity headed toward fall ballot; mls will wait


the soccercity initiative to redevelop the qualcomm stadium site in mission valley should go on a likely special election ballot this fall, the project’s supporters said tuesday.fs investors said it will ask the city council to place the measure on a november ballot rather than ask for outright approval of the billion-dollar plan. it would appear on the same ballot as a measure, announced monday, to raise the hotel-room tax to expand the san diego convention center and generate funds for homeless programs and road improvements.mayor kevin faulconer is asking the council to set a special election for the tax measure.the soccercity decision came after major league soccer said it would delay until after the vote the decision of which proposals for new franchises will be chosen among 12 bidder






supreme court rejects nh bid to revive ballot selfies ban


washington — the supreme court has rejected new hampshire's bid to revive a state law prohibiting voters from taking pictures of themselves and their completed ballots.the justices on monday left in place lower court rulings that struck down the law as an unconstitutional restriction on voters' free-speech rights.roughly two dozen states prohibit voters from sharing photos of themselves with their ballots. but those laws are under legal attack, with mixed results.just before the november election, a judge in new york upheld that state's prohibition on ballot selfies, while a judge in colorado said voters could take pictures of themselves with their ballots.ballot photo bans were enacted over 100 years ago as a way to prevent coercion, intimidation and vote buying.






what can republicans do about roy moore? here are their options


a growing number of republican senators have called on roy moore to withdraw from the alabama senate race after accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women, but with the dec. 12 special election less than a month away, there may not be much the republican party can do.a growing number of republican senators have called on roy moore to withdraw from the alabama senate race after accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women, several of whom said he harassed or assaulted them when they were under the age of consent.but with the dec. 12 special election less than a month away, there may not be much the republican party can do. here are the options.could moore be removed from the ballot?no. whatever happens, moore’s name will be on the ballot. names cannot be added to or remove






gordon ramsay on preparing kids for life while coaching them as they prepare foo


after what feels like an eternity and a half, "masterchef junior" returns to the air thursday. this is the fifth season for fox’s young person's cooking competition, and it arrives not a moment too soon – as a psychological oasis, a spiritual remedy, a joyful, suspenseful, heartwarming, heartbreaking, multicultural celebration in which real accomplishment is honored and effort, too, gets its due.it differs from most other reality contests – from its parent series "masterchef," with which it shares a kitchen and judges gordon ramsay (michelin-starred chef and restaurant empire emperor) and christina tosi (pastry chef and founder of milk bar), as well as from, say, oh, "the apprentice." it does not make drama from rivalry, spite, self-love or entitlement. rather, the kids are mutually suppor