Democrats finding support for Biden in small-city America
AdMcGaw’s transformation is driving Democrats' hopes as they charge into what the party considers its new frontier: small-city America. As Democrats continue to lose votes in small towns, they've seen clear gains in regional hubs that dot stretches of rural America. Biden carried roughly 60 counties President Donald Trump won in 2016, many were places anchored by a midsize or small city that is trending Democratic. While there remains robust support for Trump, voters stress that action carries more weight than ideological purity. Lageson’s 73-year-old husband, Larry, a devoted Trump supporter, called Biden a pawn of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Analysis: Backup QBs saw plenty of action in NFL playoffs
Jameis Winston threw a 56-yard trick-play touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith on his first playoff action after 76 regular-season games over six seasons. In his 72nd NFL game, Henne atoned for an end zone interception with two huge plays to allow the Chiefs to escape with a 22-17 win over the Browns. Rodgers and Tom Brady, making his 14th conference championship appearance in 21 seasons, square off next week at Lambeau Field. If this was it, Brees went out with a whimper: 134 yards passing and three interceptions in the worst playoff game of his career. The Chiefs forced a punt and Henne got the ball back with just over four minutes left.
Steelers overcome rust, short-handed Ravens to move to 11-0
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) runs away from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker L.J. So while the Steelers stayed perfect with a disjointed 19-14 win over the undermanned Ravens in the first NFL game on a Wednesday in eight years, their play was anything but. “To be bluntly honest, I’m really disappointed in our performance tonight,” he said after Pittsburgh improved to 11-0. But the Steelers were able to drain the clock behind a third-down grab by James Washington, eliminating the Ravens from repeating as AFC North champions. “The way the game went, obviously we wanted to win,” Griffin said.
Tear gas at Portland protests raises concern about pollution
FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, a protester carries an umbrella as federal police officers deploy tear gas during a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. “There is no American city, that I am aware of, that has endured the level of tear gas,” agency spokeswoman Diane Dulken said. The protests over racist policing often ended with a fog of tear gas as federal agents tried to disperse the crowd. “I really think that the federal government and also local health departments have really neglected their duty to reinvestigate the safety of tear gas," Jordt said. Dulken said Portland has worked to be proactive about stopping pollutants from reaching the river, including any tear gas residue.
In Brunswick, Georgia, residents reflect on the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery
Robert Griffin, 82, a former NAACP community organizer, joined hundreds Friday in downtown Brunswick, Ga., to call for justice for Ahmaud Arbery. AdvertisementFor many Americans, Arberys killing harks back to the old Jim Crow days, when white mobs hunted down black men and killed them with impunity. People pray Friday during a rally in Brunswick, Ga., to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. While many black residents and activists said they were excited about the arrests, they were also cautious after so many shooters of black men, like Trayvon Martin, had been acquitted. AdvertisementWhen he moved to Brunswick in 1961 to work as a band director at the local black high school, there were die-hard racists in positions of power.latimes.com