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Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates play to Major League Baseball's first tie since 2005

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday played to the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 2005.

Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1. Because the game has no effect on postseason positioning and the teams aren't scheduled to play again this season, MLB decided the game would not be made up and officially declared it a tie after a delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes.

All stats from the game will count.

via www.espn.com


NFL Buzz: WRs Eric Decker, Dez Bryant, Sammy Watkins all out for Week 4

'Major concern' over Watkins

The Bills announced Friday afternoon that wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been placed on the injured reserve list, meaning he will be out of action at least eight weeks.

The Bills will have the opportunity to activate him after the mandatory eight-week period, and they would likely do so if Watkins’ injured foot has healed by that point.

Earlier Friday, the Bills ruled Watkins out of Sunday afternoon’s game in New England, and coach Rex Ryan sounded an ominous tone when discussing the health of Watkins.

via www.usatoday.com


KEYS TO THE GAME: IOWA HAWKEYES VS. NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS

“Chicago’s Big Ten Team” is paying a visit to Kinnick Stadium this Saturday to help the Hawkeyes celebrate Homecoming weekend.

Quick side note: There is nothing about Northwestern that makes them Chicago’s B1G team. Nothing. There is a reason they are known as “just Northwestern” (jNW).

The Wildcats’ statistics and national rankings through the first four games of 2016 are underwhelming (to say the least):

Offense

Points per game: 16.3 (125th nationally)

Yards per game: 347.5

Passing yards per game: 239.5 (61st)

Rushing yards per game: 108 (119th)

via www.blackheartgoldpants.com


Clinton leads Trump by 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 5 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, roughly the same advantage she has held all month.

The survey result showed little movement following Monday night's presidential debate, the first of three debates before the Nov. 8 election.

The Sept. 23-29 national tracking poll showed that likely voters support Clinton over Trump by 43 percent to 38 percent, while another 19 percent said they would not pick either candidate.

Clinton has mostly led Trump in the poll this year, and her level of support has been 4-5 percentage points higher than Trump's in each of the last four weeks.

In a separate poll that included alternative party candidates, Clinton led the field by 4 percentage points. Among likely voters, 42 percent supported Clinton, 38 percent supported Trump, 7 percent supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 3 percent supported Jill Stein of the Green Party.

via www.reuters.com


Coralville Hosts Four "Coffee with a Cop" Events in October

Coffee with a cop CoralvillePolice & community members can build connections over a cup of coffee

The Coralville Police Department is hosting four “Coffee with a Cop” events during the month of October. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationally recognized program where police officers and the community members they serve can talk in a casual setting over a cup of coffee. It’s a great time for anyone in the community to ask questions, discuss concerns, say hello, and get to know the Coralville Police Department outside of a crisis situation.

Scheduled events:
Friday, October 7, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
National Coffee with a Cop Day
McDonald’s, 618 1st Ave.

Friday, October 7, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
National Coffee with a Cop Day
McDonald’s, 2794 Commerce Dr.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
Coffee with a Cop (in the morning)
Hurts Donut Company, 1303 5th St.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 10:30 pm-midnight
Coffee with a Cop (at night)
Hurts Donut Company, 1303 5th St.

For more information, please contact Community Relations Officer Adam Jennings at ajennings@coralville.org or 319.248.1800.

via www.coralville.org


Creating new hate crime legislation is stupid

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

All these various state legislators trying to create new hate crime laws..... STOP IT! i.e., shooting a cop is a hate crime, killing a person based on race is a hate crime, beating up a gay person is a hate crime..... NO! Murder is murder, rape is rape, a gun crime is a gun crime, assault is assault. Quit trying to put emotion into it! Our obligation is to police crimes committed, not police social ills. If anything needs to be changed, it's sentencing, but let's not 'create' new laws needing to be enforced and prosecuted. AS IF law enforcement and our courts don't already have enough on their proverbial plates?


Chicago Cubs give Theo Epstein a five-year contract extension - LA Times

The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year contract extension for Theo Esptein, the club’s president of baseball operations, on Wednesday, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908. 

The extension comes with the Cubs wrapping up one of the greatest seasons in franchise history and their fans believing that this just might be the team to end the 108-year World Series title drought. 

via www.latimes.com


Hillary Clinton pumps up early voting in Iowa, where she trails Donald Trump - LA Times

Hillary Clinton didn’t want to leave anything to chance when she arrived here for a rally on the first day of early voting in Iowa. Her campaign stationed volunteers around her downtown rally to direct members of the audience to nearby polling places to submit their ballots.

“When you finish here, you can go vote,” she told the crowd of roughly 2,000. “We can be on the path to victory here in Iowa.”

President Obama won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, but Clinton is trailing Donald Trump in the state, lagging five percentage points behind in a Real Clear Politics average of polls.

She hopes voting early can give her campaign an edge, but mail ballots haven’t kept pace with previous elections.

via www.latimes.com