Kirk Cousins free agency rumors: Former Redskins teammate believes Denver is the next spot

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If D.J. Swearinger is right, the Broncos will be the next team for Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins safety spoke to NFL Network Monday and said he believes Cousins will wind up in Denver.

Redskins DB DJ Swearinger tells me @nflnetwork he thinks Kirk Cousins will end up in Denver.

— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) February 19, 2018

Swearinger’s opinion falls in line with what many think about Cousins’ next NFL stop. While the Jets are willing to break the bank to land the sixth-year quarterback and Browns tackle Joe Thomas is openly recruiting Cousins, the Broncos might give Cousins the best opportunity to play for a contender immediately.

Cousins has been with the Redskins since they selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Washington took Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick that season, but after Griffin was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 2012, injuries derailed him and Cousins stepped in. The former Michigan State quarterback has started every game for the Redskins since 2015 and was a Pro Bowler in 2016, where he threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of this three seasons as a starter, but the Redskins have just one playoff appearance and have seen their wins dip each season. After placing a franchise tag on Cousins last season, paying him nearly $24 million, the Redskins signaled the end of his time in Washington when they traded for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

That Jan. 30 trade didn’t sit right with Swearinger, who was upset the team sent second-year cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City. Swearinger was initially upset Washington traded away the "best No. 1 slot corner" in the league, but said Monday he’s "extremely over it."

"You never want to see that. But it’s a blessing in disguise. Everything happens for a reason and we’re moving forward from it," Swearinger said, adding he’s ready to embrace Smith in D.C. "I think we can be better.

"I don’t know what Alex as a leadership standpoint brings, but I hear he is a great player. I see he is a great player. He’s done a lot of great things in this league. A Pro Bowlguy and I can’t wait to get with him and get some championships going."

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Denver Nuggets make 24 3-pointers, beat Bucks 134-123

MILWAUKEE — Nikola Jokic had a triple-double wrapped up in the first half, and the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in NBA history in a 134-123 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

Denver matched a franchise record with 24 3-pointers, one shy of the NBA record, on 40 attempts.

Jokic finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists, reaching a triple-double with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo also had a triple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. He passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most triple-doubles in franchise history with nine.


MINNEAPOLIS — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 24, providing the Minnesota with the production and energy for a comeback victory over Los Angeles.

Jeff Teague had 20 points for the Timberwolves. They allied from a deficit as large as 15 points in the second quarter and 12 points late in the third to raise their home record to 24-7 on an emotional evening that started with a tribute to former coach and executive Flip Saunders.

Julius Randle had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers.

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Colorado shuts down funeral home operated by body parts broker

(Reuters) – Colorado officials indefinitely shut down the funeral home and crematory this week of a woman who runs a side business selling donated body parts from the same building.

In its order, issued Monday, the state’s Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration suspended operations at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors after saying that cremated remains returned to one donor were analyzed by the family and found to be concrete, not human ashes.

The action against Sunset Mesa and its owner, Megan Hess, comes after an FBI raid last week. That raid followed a report by Reuters in January about alleged practices at Sunset Mesa funeral home and Donor Services, the Hess-run body donation firm.

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During the FBI raid, officials searching the funeral home also found bags of “dry concrete/cement,” the order said.

Former employees of the Montrose, Colorado, establishment had told the news agency before the FBI raid that they were troubled by what they witnessed at the funeral home.

Although Hess spoke with Reuters about her businesses in 2016, she has since declined to comment. By Tuesday morning, the funeral home’s website had been taken offline and the phone number disconnected. Hess’s lawyer, Carol Viner, could not be reached for comment. Previously, Viner had asked Reuters to “refrain from contacting” Hess employees “for any reason.”

In its order, the Colorado department, a division of the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies, found that Hess neglected to maintain required cremation records for at least five years and final disposition records of the deceased for at least seven years. Sunset Mesa also disposed of bodies before obtaining the necessary permits, the state order said.

In last month’s story by Reuters, former employees described how bodies donated to Donor Services were dismembered and sold. The so-called body broker business operated out of the same building as Sunset Mesa.

State officials contacted Tuesday said that the suspension order extends only to the funeral home and crematory and that the office “has no regulatory authority over Donor Services,” the body donation company.

Reuters was unable to determine whether Donor Services, the body donation company, remains open but its number was also disconnected.

No federal law governs the sale of cadavers or body parts for use in research or education, and few state laws — including those in Colorado — provide any oversight.

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Feb. 11 arts and entertainment calendar

Second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted: Greenwood’s Coloring (adults only) hosted by Dohnna Boyajian at Aromas Village Coffee, 7-9 p.m. Bring coloring pages, colored pencils and markers.

Feb. 25, Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton paint a picture of a 12-year-old at the beginning of the Civil War. Part of the free Festiva series at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 4 p.m., 864-229-5814.

March 2, The Young Irelanders, Greenwood Performing Arts at GCT, 7:30 p.m., 864-227-8744.

March 24, Rock ‘n’ Roll Cruisers cruise-in, 6-9 p.m., Uptown Fountain in Greenwood.

May 13, Pan Harmonia Chamber Ensemble, described as “eclectic and genre-smashing” part of the free Festiva series at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 4 p.m., 864-229-5814.

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Hidden History: The Legacy of Upstate native, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was born in 1894 in the Epworth Community by ninety six in Greenwood County.

Mays parents were slaves on the land where they later lived in the house where Mays was born.

“He was born in the time where whites were going about the business of re-establishing white rule in the South through both acts of violence and legislative acts, through creating Jim Crow laws and creating segregation,” said Chris Thomas, the director of the GLEAMS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Preservation Site in Greenwood.

Thomas says some of Mays’ earliest memories were not pleasant.

“Dr. Mays on the porch of this home that we have here on this site was terrorized as a four-year-old by men who rode up on horseback and forced his father at gunpoint to get down on his knees and stand up three times and salute to them and say they wouldn’t be a problem to them,” Thomas said.

Thomas says this happened during the Phoenix Riots, one of the most violent events in Greenwood County history. He said in one week, nine African-Americans in the community were lynched and killed. It was an event that formed who Dr. Mays became.

“He didn’t believe God had made him inferior, so Dr. Mays was driven by this desire to go and prove his worth,” Thomas said.

Dr. Mays took his schooling very seriously and eventually received his Masters and PhD from the University of Chicago. He also started preaching at the age of nine at Old Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ninety Six.

“It’s just a tremendous story from someone who had an immense amount of tenacity and desire to get an education and be someone in life and accomplish something in life,” Thomas said.

Mays became the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta and held the title for 27 years. He started an early admission program, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in the first class in 1944.

“King comes to Morehouse with this desire to study sociology and be an attorney, but it was really under Dr. Mays…Him seeing Dr. Mays and finding sort of this intellectual,spiritual leader that made Dr. King think that he could do the things that he wanted to do in the ministry much as Mays was doing, and I think that’s his legacy,” Thomas said.

Mays had an impact on many young people throughout the Civil Rights Movement.

“They went on to make a lasting legacy and really change the course of American History through the mentorship of Dr. Mays,” Thomas said.

People who worked with him say they were drawn to him.

“He was always very stately, relaxed and wise,” said Dr. Lawrence Carter, the Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. “He was from a different era.”

However, Mays never forgot the humble roots that he came from.

“He felt that he represented the aspirations of the people in the Phoenix community and Epworth area, and so, he decided to continue to push on even when obstacles came in his life,” Thomas said.

A life-size statue of Mays now sits on the Mays Historic Site. It’s the only life-size statue of a historical figure in Greenwood County.

“He represents the best in us and the best that we can strive to be,” Thomas said.

Dr. Mays said the eulogy at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s funeral.

He was also an adviser to presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Carter.

Mays died in 1984 and is buried on Morehouse’s campus in Atlanta.

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MB2 Dental Solutions Releases Newest “We Are Dentistry” Video Featuring Dr. Matthew Simmons, owner of El Campo Dentistry

MB2 Dental Solutions Releases Newest “We Are Dentistry” Video Featuring Dr. Matthew Simmons, owner of El Campo Dentistry

"We chose to feature Dr. Simmons in this video because of his commitment to the El Campo and Victoria communities." said Dr. Chris Villanueva, Founder and CEO of MB2 Dental. "Dr. Simmons is a proficient and caring provider to his patients and their families. He and his wife bring a genuine and joyful energy everywhere they go."

In the video, Dr. Simmons confides that he used to be very shy growing up, so as a dentist he relates to and empathizes with his patients who may feel the initial discomfort of walking into a new environment. He enjoys getting to know his patients and setting them at ease by providing quality care.

"What I love about dentistry, and I’ll be honest, is what it provides my life to be. It’s provided me an avenue to owning my own house, provided me the sense of being proud of myself and it allows me to meet a plethora of different people."

In addition to running his practice, Dr. Simmons is an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He and his wife enjoy hosting many dinners and neighborhood get-togethers in their beautiful Victorian home.

MB2 Dental created the "We Are Dentistry" series in an effort to personalize dental care and reveal the individual behind each white coat. Each video offers a glimpse into the daily life, challenges and hobbies of dentist owners. MB2 Dental is passionate about removing the heavy load of dental administration and management from doctor owners, so that they can focus their time and energy on caring for their patients and enjoying time in their personal life outside of work.

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MB2 Dental was founded on the principle that doctors working together can help each other accomplish more than ever possible working individually as dentists. That, and company culture should never be left behind. MB2 Dental offers a progressive and autonomous perspective on how dental management and practice development ought to work, and it’s changing the lives of countless patients and dentists for the better.

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C.J. Anderson: It would be huge for Kirk Cousins to come to Denver

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Von Miller isn’t the only Broncos player trying to recruit quarterback Kirk Cousins to Denver.

The linebacker made the rounds in Minneapolis on Wednesday doing what he could to make the case that the Broncos are the right landing spot for the impending free agent. Anderson pointed to wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas along with himself as players that would round out a better offense with a quarterback like Cousins at the helm.

“It would be huge having a guy like Kirk. Veteran guy, been through it. It would be huge to come to us, a veteran team,” Anderson said on NFL Network. “We know some pieces are going to change, but if we can keep some of the pieces on our offensive end — myself, Emmanuel, DT — our offense can be what we want it to be.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall signaled the direction Broncos players want the team to take earlier this month and the copious amounts of airtime afforded by Super Bowl week have amplified the message. Other Broncos may take the same opportunity to let Cousins know he’s wanted, although it seems unlikely that Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian will be in that group.

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Winter Driving: Exotic Cars, Performance Cars And SUVs Play In The Snowy Colorado Rockies

The most intersecting aspect of driving a car in winter weather is how the basic rules haven’t changed in over 100 years. Whether you’re in a skinny-tired 1918 Ford Model T or the latest Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive Acura the laws of physics still apply. Yeah, we’ve bent those laws and increased the safety of driving a car on ice- and snow-packed roads, but we haven’t eliminated them.

I was just given a refresher course on the rules of winter driving in Colorado. As a Colorado native, one who has spent the last 24 years living in Southern California, the refresher course was…refreshing, especially given how far technologies like all-wheel drive, traction control and stability control have come in the quarter century since I lived in a snowy climate.

This experience was made possible by Rocky Mountain Redline, a Denver-based vehicle logistics and fleet company with access to a wide range of new test cars. Rocky Mountain Redline invited a group of journalists out to their namesake region to test 11 new cars in a snow-covered parking lot just outside Winter Park ski resort.

The test cars ranged from an Acura NSX to a Toyota RAV4, with an Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Guilia and Stelvio, Dodge Challenger GT, Honda CR-V and Pilot, Lexus IS, Mercedes-AMG C 43 and a Porsche Macan thrown in for good measure. We spent about 7 hours with these 11 cars, driving through a variety of road courses in said snow-packed parking lot. The beauty of driving a car on this kind of winter weather is how it allows you to experience the vehicles’ at-the-limit dynamics at a much lower speed with much lower G forces. Translation: you are far less likely to hurt yourself or damage anything.

It took about an hour for the memory banks to access my youth-filed driving experience of sliding a rear-drive muscle car around Golden, Colorado’s snowy parking lots in the 1980s, but I was soon back in my element, enjoying the thrill of steering with the throttle and brakes as much as the wheel. Of course, using this driving style is never the quickest way around a road course, and unlike my 1969 Plymouth GTX, you have to disable a modern’s car’s traction and stability control to do it at all. But it’s as fun today as it was at age 16.

Actually, with two of our test cars, the Giulia and Stelvio, you couldn’t disable the traction or stability control. This made it difficult to drift these vehicles, but also allowed them to navigate the road course more efficiently than the other cars. There really is no upside to sliding a car through a corner, at least with regard to speed/efficiency. The Alfa Romeos’ always-on stability and traction control proved this, as the Giulia and Stelvio nimbly navigated the course with minimal drama. That’s great for safe winter driving, but not so great for snow-based hi-jinx (which, of course, should only be attempted in a controlled environment like we had at Winter Park).

At the opposite end of the spectrum was the Mercedes-AMG C 43. Here’s a car that no-one expected to perform well on a slippery surface. This is a serious performance machine that calls for seriously sticky pavement, right? Right — if your goal is speed. But disable the AMG’s traction and stability control, throw on a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks (which all of our test cars had) and you’ve got a hoon-ready hooligan. The C43 had a near perfect balance of “rotate on demand” and “regain grip when you need it,” making it one of the most entertaining cars to throw into an irresponsible slide, reel in, and repeat. The Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is spectacular, making the German coupe the second most enjoyable car to slide around a snowy parking lot.

What was the one car that outgunned the M-B’s fun? The one I least expected to enjoy: Acura’s race-track-tuned NSX. With its razor-sharp handling and perfect mid-engine balance it almost seemed irresponsible to include it in this cold-weather circus act. Then I drove it, and reveled in the responsive and precise programming of Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). This technology is engineered as a real-time torque-vectoring system, capable of distributing power between four wheels to deliver rapid and stable vehicle dynamics.

I can confirm SH-AWD works as advertised on a dry race track, where I’ve driven the new Acura NSX and enjoyed its quick turn-in and “just-right” rotation through high-speed sweepers. What I hadn’t considered prior to this event is how readily that same technology would let an NSX traverse snow-packed pavement with ease and confidence. Like the Benz, the Acura NSX was easy to rotate, but unlike the Benz, it never felt in need of “catching” to avert a full spin. The supercar just went where you pointed it, with just enough rotation to keep you giggling the entire time. I’m confident few NSX owners will ever experience their Acura supercars in this kind of environment. Too bad…

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Veteran Nicknamed ‘Smiley’ Smiles Again After Kind Dentist Gifts Him New Teeth

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A veteran was given the gift of a new smile by a dentist who was deeply moved by his touching personal story. Larry "Smiley" Kleiman, who did two tours in Vietnam, had almost no natural teeth left when he saw Dr. Michael Tischler, founder of the Teeth Tomorrow for a consultation. Dr. Tischler was so moved by his personal story that he decided to perform the $60,000 surgery free of charge.’s Leigh Scheps ( has more.

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Will: Some policy dentistry could combat truth decay

George Will

Star-Tribune editorial board

It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in the 1992 presidential election more than one-third of America’s 3,113 counties or their equivalents had a single-digit margin of victory, in 2016 presidential, fewer than 10 percent did. And to the fact that in 2016, 1,196 counties — about 2.5 times the average over the preceding 20 years — were decided by margins larger than 50 percent. All of which are perhaps related to rising skepticism, without scientific warrant, about the safety of vaccinations and genetically modified foods. And to the fact that newspaper subscriptions have declined about 38 percent in the last 20 years. And that between 1974 and 2016, the percentage of Americans who said they spent significant time with a neighbor declined from 30 percent to 19 percent.

These developments and others worry two of the virtuoso worriers at the Rand Corp., the research institution now celebrating its 70th birthday. Michael D. Rich, Rand’s president, and his colleague Jennifer Kavanagh, are not feeling celebratory in their 255-page report "Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life." They suggest that the public’s mental bandwidth is being stressed by today’s torrent of information pouring from the internet, social media, cable television and talk radio, all of which might be producing — partly because the media’s audience has difficulty sorting fact from opinions — a net subtraction from the public’s stock of truth and trust.

The authors discern four trends inimical to fact-based discourse and policymaking: increasing disagreement about facts and the interpretation of them (e.g., "The fact that immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States"); the blurring of the line between fact and opinion; the increasing quantity of opinion relative to facts; and declining trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. The volume and velocity of the information flow, combined with the new ability to curate a la carte information menus, erode society’s assumption of a shared set of facts. They also deepen the human proclivity for "confirmation bias" and "motivated reasoning" — people inhabiting information silos, seeking and receiving only congenial facts.

Gerrymandering, "assortative mating" (people from the same socio-cultural backgrounds marrying each other), geographic segregation of the likeminded — all these are both causes and effects of living in echo chambers, which produces polarization. Furthermore, when, on social media and elsewhere, filters and gatekeepers are dispensed with, barriers to entry into public discourse become negligible, so being intemperate or ignorant — or both, in the service of partisanship — are not barriers, and toxic digital subcultures proliferate. Kavanagh and Rich say that not only do new media technologies exacerbate cognitive biases, they promote "the permeation of partisanship throughout the media landscape." They dryly say, "When the length of news broadcasts increased from two to 24 hours per day, there was not a 12-fold increase in the amount of reported facts."

Kavanagh and Rich are earnest social scientists with a long list of policy dentistry to combat truth decay. Their suggestions range from the anodyne (schools that teach critical reasoning; imagine that) to the appalling ("public money to support long-form and investigative journalism"). But their main purpose is, appropriately, to suggest research projects that will yield facts about the consequences of the new media and intellectual landscape. Unfortunately, truth decay also spreads because campuses have become safe spaces for dime-store Nietzscheans (there are no facts, only interpretations), and that what happens on campuses does not stay on campuses.

Also, there is simple mendacity: Social justice warriors at Google probably think they are clever and heroic in saying that Lincoln was a member not of the Republican Party but of the National Union Party (the name the national Republican Party, but not most state parties, chose for the exigencies of the wartime 1864 election).

We should regret only unjust distrust; distrust of the untrustworthy is healthy. The preceding 50 years, from Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, through Iraq’s missing weapons of mass destruction and "if you like your health care plan you can keep it," a default position of skepticism is defensible. And consumers of media products should remember Jerry Seinfeld’s oblique skepticism: "It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

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