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Joe’s Crab Shack, Who Song and Larry’s may get reprieve

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Kirkland Development has submitted a pre-application packet that sheds new light on a planned mixed-use project on Columbia Way just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, at the current site of the restaurants Joe’s Crab Shack and Who Song and Larry’s.
'Kirkland Development has submitted a pre-application packet that sheds new light on a planned mixed-use project on Columbia Way just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, at the current site of the restaurants Joe’s Crab Shack and Who Song and Larry’s. The proposed project has evolved substantially in the past seven months, morphing from a pair of nine-story buildings to a set of three smaller buildings at the edge of the river and a larger building at the north side of the site. And there’s an additional detail the packet doesn’t mention, according to project manager Dana Gardner: both restaurants are expected to move to the new buildings and continue operating on the site. The future of the two restaurants wasn’t as clear back when the project was announced in December, but Gardner said Kirkland Development chairman Dean Kirkland has been in talks with the owners of both restaurants to work out a plan to retain them. The project will likely be built in stages, Gardner said, and the goal is to make sure the restaurants are able to remain open throughout the construction process. “We would not demolish the two existing buildings without having a new building for them,” she said. “It’s got to work for them to have their businesses open.” The pre-application packet includes an overhead site diagram of the 2.2-acre property that outlines the footprints of the four new buildings. The three smaller buildings would each be three stories and are each labelled retail/office, ranging from 33,435 to 45,000 square feet. Two of them would be located in roughly the same spots as the current restaurant buildings, and the third would be directly west of the site of Joe’s Crab shack. The larger building would be eight stories and would stretch across most of the north end of the site. The pre-application packet states that it would include approximately 100 apartments, 125 hotel rooms and 16,000 square feet of retail or office space, although Gardner said the exact configuration and final choice of uses are still subject to change. She mentioned condominiums as another potential use, and added the building will include two levels of internal parking. It’s also likely to be built in two phases, she said, although the final building would be one structure. “A lot’s going depend on what the market is doing (when the project is closer to starting),” she said. The pre-application also proposes relocating a portion of Columbia Way so it runs through the center of the site instead of along the northern edge. The diagram shows a new route for the road between the larger building and the row of smaller ones, using space that is currently part of the restaurants’ parking lot. The larger building would be partially located on space freed up by shifting the road. The new route would be designed to discourage speeding, Gardner said, and would make the new development feel like a more connected community. The site diagram includes a separate three-level parking garage to the north of the larger building, on what is currently an undeveloped field between Columbia Way and the BNSF Railway berm. It also shows a rebuilt section of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail running along the river’s edge to the south of the trio of office buildings. The current trail passes over a short city-owned boardwalk on a pier to the west of Joe’s Crab Shack, and continues on a narrow walking path to the south of both restaurants. However, the pier was closed in 2007 due to a deteriorating foundation, and the pathway past the restaurants has also been blocked off. Dean Kirkland expressed a strong interest in retaining and reopening the pathway when he announced the project in December, and the pre-application proposal appears consistent with that vision. The original pathway was only about six feet wide in some places, but the diagram indicates that the rebuilt trail would be 25 feet wide through the whole length of the site. The pre-application states that the rebuilt trail is intended to be wide enough to host outdoor seating and food vendor kiosks, enabling the area to serve as a venue for farmers markets and other planned activities. “The goal is to work with the city on really including and improving that promenade,” Gardner said. The pre-application packet was submitted July 1 by Kirkland Development and Portland-based architecture firm Otak Inc., which is a partner on the project. A pre-application conference with the city is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on July 25. The packet refers to the project as “Waterfront East,” although Gardner said that’s just the company’s working title and the project doesn’t have an official name yet. It also doesn’t have a definitive timeline or start date — the soonest possible starting point would be in about 18 months, Gardner said, but the timeline will be heavily dependent on the planning and approval process. “There’s going to be a lot of feedback and a lot of entities involved,” she said. The proposed development is the second riverfront project from Kirkland Development — the company is currently partway through construction of the Hotel Indigo and Kirkland Tower, which will add a hotel and 40 luxury condominiums to the Waterfront Vancouver area to the west of the I-5 Bridge. The project is slated for completion in 2020.'

IHOP Franchiser Says Minimum Wage Hikes That Force Layoffs, Reduced Hours Are ‘Painful’

Politics Politics | The Epoch Times

Tom Baber, who operates an IHOP restaurant and a Money Mailer shop in Mercer County, New Jersey, has to deal with “very personally painful” consequences of state-imposed minimum wage increases every day. “It’s very personally painful for me because
'Tom Baber, who operates an IHOP restaurant and a Money Mailer shop in Mercer County, New Jersey, has to deal with “very personally painful” consequences of state-imposed minimum wage increases every day. “It’s very personally painful for me because I do not want one person to have to cut their hours or leave here, but there’s not a lot of choice for us,” Baber told reporters Monday during an online news conference hosted by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) think tank. “We are getting into a more difficult position as it continues to go up,” Baber said. “We are looking at automation on the cooking side and we’ve started to institute some stuff on the ordering side that will come out very soon.” Raising the hourly pay of the lowest-level employees also ratchets up the costs of retaining employees at higher level jobs, Baber said. “Fifteen dollars at the busboy level means considerably more at the cook and head cook level, which are already in the high teens level. Assistant managers are above that and the managers— obviously everybody has to go up.” The inevitable result of further increasing the minimum wage will be “some inflation because I know that we would have to raise prices or we can have job losses, but it likely will be a combination of both,” Haber said. Haber’s IHOP restaurant employees 40 people, but he said that will be reduced as he and thousands of other New Jersey businesses deal with an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour recently mandated by state officials. That $10 an hour would go to $15 an hour by 2025 under legislation House Democrats may bring to the floor for a vote later this week. The bill, known as the “Raise the Wages Act of 2019 ,” was reported out of the House Education and Labor Committee to the full House. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made public a report last week in which it said it projects such an increase in the minimum wage would improve the lives of 17 million people, but also cost at least 1.3 million jobs and could put as many as 3.7 million low-wage workers on unemployment. Joining Haber during the news conference Monday were Joshua Chaisson, a Portland, Maine, restaurant bartender and server, and Maggie Racynski, an Albany, New York, bartender. Chaisson and Racynski are involved with grassroots groups of low-wage workers opposed to state wage measures and the House Democrats current bill. Besides hiking hourly pay, the House bill indexes it against future inflation and does away with the sub-minimum wage paid by many employers whose employees also receive tips. “It’s a struggle for us because we’re saying we don’t want this but people aren’t listening to us,” said Racynski, a mother of three who is especially worried about losing tips and the way the voices of low-wage workers like her are being ignored by advocates of the higher minimum. “We have a bunch of celebrities out there saying that we’re being taken advantage of and the problem I have with it is that we’ve reached out to them and said ‘we don’t feel that way, would you like to talk about this, we’d like to tell you our side of it,’” she said. The lack of response to her Facebook group left Racynski feeling “they don’t seem to care that there’s a whole lot of us out here saying leave us alone, we’re fine.” Chaisson’s group, the Restaurant Workers of Maine , was formed in 2016 after state voters approved an initiative that raised the minimum to $12 an hour and did away with the “tip credit,” which allows employers to pay a sub-minimum wage as long as they make up the difference when tips don’t equal the mandatory minimum. “Admittedly, I am pretty far Left as a Democrat myself,” Chaisson said. His group succeeded in persuading state legislators to restore the tip credit. Then they were asked for help in 2017 by District of Columbia workers opposing similar tip credit proposals. “We made our case to the city council, I sat side-by-side with workers from across the city who were making it clear that the folks who were pushing this idea were not speaking for us,” Chaisson said. District of Columbia officials agreed and restored the tip credit. “Everywhere I have travelled across the country in the last couple of years speaking to industry workers everywhere, it is a matter of them not realizing that their voices carry a lot of weight,” Chaisson said. “The idea that the Raise the Wage Act would eliminate the tip credit entirely makes it clear that those legislators are simply not listening to workers,” he said. Contact Mark Tapscott at mark.tapscott@epochtimes.nyc'

Ducks hire Kevin Dineen to replace Dallas Eakins as AHL coach in San Diego

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General manager Bob Murray turns to a familiar face to continue success of minor-league franchise.
'Ducks general manager Bob Murray turned to a familiar face to fill an important job opening Monday. Murray hired Kevin Dineen to coach the Ducks’ AHL team, the San Diego Gulls, Dineen’s second minor-league coaching stint with the franchise. Dineen replaces Dallas Eakins, who was promoted to Anaheim from San Diego last month to become the 10th coach in the Ducks’ history. Dineen previously coached the Portland Pirates when they were the Ducks’ AHL team from 2005-08, leading the team to the Eastern Conference finals twice. “Kevin brings more than 30 years of valuable experience as a player and coach in professional hockey,” Murray said in a statement. “We are committed to continue a winning tradition in San Diego and Kevin will help the organization achieve those goals.” Eakins coached the Gulls for the past four seasons, leading them to their first Western Conference finals appearance this past season. He also mentored many of the organization’s top prospects, including Troy Terry and Sam Steel, a key aspect in his hiring for the Ducks’ coaching job. Dineen, 55, will be tasked with the same assignment: preparing the top prospects to become key players with the Ducks, who are rebuilding from the ground up. Dineen was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014-18 and a head coach with the Florida Panthers from 2011-13. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tReport: Ducks sign defenseman Michael Del Zotto to 1-year, $750,000 deal\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tDucks sign left wing Andreas Martinsen to 1-year contract\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tDucks add to their depth with signings of Anthony Stolarz, Jani Hakanpaa\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tDucks hire ex-Kings coach Darryl Sutter for advisory role\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tEx-Ducks right wing Corey Perry has no hard feelings for former team\t\t \t\t\t \t In addition, Dineen scored 355 goals and 760 points in 1,188 games in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. He was the Whalers’ third-round pick in the 1982 draft. “I’m thrilled to return to the Anaheim Ducks organization and join one of the flagship franchises in the American Hockey League,” Dineen said. “Player development has always been a priority in the organization and it was with great satisfaction to see so many AHL players go on to win the Stanley Cup in 2007. I look forward to continue a culture of developing NHL players here in San Diego.”'

Amazon warehouse workers around the world are striking for Prime Day

Retail Quartz

Thousands workers at Amazon fulfillment centers and warehouses will be walking out and protesting the e-commerce giant's shopping holiday.
'Thousands of workers at Amazon fulfillment centers and warehouses around the globe are going on strike today to bring attention to the working conditions they endure. Some are arguing that buying from Amazon during Prime Day is akin to crossing a picket line. As the two-day bacchanal of discounted Amazon offerings begins, workers at its fulfillment centers around the US continue to complain of extremely odious quotas, limited bathroom breaks , mandatory holiday shifts , and the need for pain medication just to get through their 10-hour work days. Where Amazon workers plan job actions The US Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center will be walking out during a six-hour period that overlaps with the end of the facility’s morning shift and the start of its evening shift. There are about 1,500 full-time employees at the facility, according to the Daily Beast . There will also be protests in the US this week in support of Amazon’s warehouse workers, as well as to call out the company’s dealings with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. Workers at Amazon itself have called on the company to cut ties with ICE. Demonstrations will take place in New York , San Francisco , Shakopee , Portland , Amazon’s home base in Seattle , as well as other cities. Germany Hundreds of employees at seven facilities will be striking today and tomorrow, over longstanding issues with employee pay. “While Amazon holds a giant Prime-Day bargain hunt, employees are deprived of a living wage,” Orhan Akman, a representative from the German labor union Ver.di, said in a statement shared with Quartz. The UK The GMB trade union will be staging protests at Amazon facilities across the country. Some of the most shocking accounts issues of issues faced by Amazon warehouse workers have come out of the UK. One undercover writer said they witnessed co-workers urinating in bottles to avoid missing quotas by taking bathroom breaks. Still, the GMB isn’t calling on customers to boycott the online retailer during Prime Day. “We’re not calling for economic damage for Amazon,” Mick Rix, a union officer told the BBC . “What we’re asking for is for people to be aware. Leave feedback on Amazon.” “Amazon workers want Jeff Bezos to know they are people—not robots,” Rix said in a statement shared with Quartz. “It is time that Jeff showed empathy with the very people that have helped to contribute to his vast and increasing personal fortune.” Elsewhere in Europe Workers in Spain and Poland will also be organizing demonstrations at Amazon facilities across their countries throughout the week. What Amazon has to say Amazon sent Quartz the following statement about the demonstrations and walkouts: Events like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues. These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause—industry leading pay (full-time employees at our Shakopee facility make $16.25 – $20.80), benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees. We can only conclude that the people who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed. If these groups—unions and the politicians they rally to their cause—really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low. The future of humans at Amazon Amazon robots moving products around the Edison, NJ facility. Amazon, which has pushed anti-union messages to its managers, recently announced that it would be committing to offering one-day shipping to all Prime members in the US (and potentially worldwide). Its previous two-day delivery standard had already upended the shipping and logistics industries, forcing other companies to get to similar standards to be able to stay competitive. Some of Amazon’s less-automated warehouses are labyrinthine in their structure, causing workers to reportedly walk tens of miles each workday. And there’s been not one , but two , cases of accidental bear-macing at warehouses in the US. The company is moving to more automated, safer warehouses, like the New Jersey facility Quartz visited last week , where products are brought to workers by an army of robots and conveyor belts. Amazon also has committed to paying $15 per hour for all full-time employees, as well as offering healthcare and paid leave. Visiting these newer warehouses shows how much of the fulfillment process Amazon has already automated, and with the funds Amazon recently set aside to re-train warehouse employees to work with robots, it’s hard to see a future where there is much left for humans to do in an Amazon warehouse other than fix robots.'

Raptors surge late to avoid sweep

Outdoor The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD — It took more than half a game, but once the Ridgefield Raptors’ bats got going, they didn’t stop. The Raptors scored nine runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to earn a 9-5 win over Cowlitz on Sunday at the Ridgefield Outdoor
'RIDGEFIELD — It took more than half a game, but once the Ridgefield Raptors’ bats got going, they didn’t stop. The Raptors scored nine runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to earn a 9-5 win over Cowlitz on Sunday at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. “It just boosts confidence,” Raptor outfielder Michael Yourg said of the sudden outbreak of bats. “The more barrels you see and the more runners on base you see happen, the more you believe you’re going to come up and do that.” It ends the Bears’ league win streak at seven games, draws Ridgefield (3-4) to within two games of the second-half division lead and avoids a confidence-killing sweep. “It was huge,” Yourg said. “It’s always big to win on a Sunday to avoid a sweep like that.” Ridgefield tallied eight hits to the Black Bears’ 12, but had four timely extra-base hits. Brenden Nipp (Campbellsville) got the win after throwing 1.2 innings without a run. The Raptors host a nonleague two-game series with the Highline Bears starting Tuesday, before hosting the Portland Pickles in a return to West Coast League play on Friday. Three key moments Two outs, two Michaels — After two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Raptors mustered five runs. Jonny Weaver and Dusty Garcia drew walks and Steve Ramirez was plunked in the head to load the bases. Michael Hicks (Boise State) put the Raptors on the board with a two-RBI single to right field and then Ramirez scored on a wild pitch. Michael Yourg (San Diego) gave Ridgefield a 5-4 lead with a two-RBI triple down the first-base line. “Pretty electric,” Yourg said of the dugout after the inning. “Putting up a crooked number like that, it’s pretty exciting.” In the Nipp of time — Brenden Nipp (Campbellsville) got the call to make his third appearance of the summer after Carter Powell walked in the game-tying run in the seventh inning. Nipp made the most of it, striking out his sixth batter of the season and getting a fly out to keep the game tied at 5-5 entering the seventh-inning stretch. Doubling up — Jonny Weaver (Grand Canyon) and Dusty Garcia (Arizona State) hit back-to-back RBI doubles to give the Raptors a 7-5 lead in the seventh inning. Three key players Ryan Kim — The Bears right fielder went 3 for 3 with a pair of two-out hits, a pair of doubles, a pair of runs and an RBI. Jonny Weaver — The Grand Canyon University sophomore was 1 for 4 with a go-ahead double in the seventh inning. He also stole his eighth base of the year. Wyatt Hoffman — The Raptor second baseman was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run. The University of the Pacific product also had a game-ending double play, in which he caught a blooper in shallow right field before turning and picking off the runner at first. “It was a great play,” Yourg said. “It was one of the best over-the-shoulder catches I’ve ever watched. Icing on top to pick the guy off at first.” Three numbers 2 — Times that Raptor catcher Steve Ramirez was hit in the head by a pitch. It came on consecutive at-bats in the sixth and seventh innings. The Riverside City College product completed the game. 8 — Raptors runners caught stealing this season, a league low. The Raptors had one runner thrown out Sunday. 31.1 — Innings pitched by University of Portland’s Peter Allegro this season, a Raptors’ team-high. Allegro closed Sunday’s game for his third relief appearance. He also has five starts. RIDGEFIELD 9, COWLITZ 5 Cowlitz 100 012 100—5 12 2 Ridgefield 000 005 22x—9 8 1 Cowlitz Pitching — Alex Salazar 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K; Kyle Smyth 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K; Ellis Stevens .2 IP (L), 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Dale Takalo 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K; Zack Smith .2 IP; Highlights — Austin Bell 1-4, SB; Andres Sosa 1-4; Ryan Kim 3-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; Luke Price 1-3, 2B, R, RBI; Josh Marchese 1-3, RBI; Seth Beckstead 1-4, 2B, RBI; Colton Sakamoto 1-4; Sam Ireland 3-4, SB, 2B, 2 R. Ridgefield Pitching — Ethan Clough 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K; Carter Powell 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K; Brenden Nipp 1.2 IP (W), 1 H, 2 K; Peter Allegro 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K; Highlights — Jonny Weaver 1-4, SB, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Dusty Garcia 1-3, 2B, R, RBI; Michael Hicks 1-4, R, 2 RBI; Michael Yourg 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI; Brody Barnum 1-4, 2B, R; Jack Bauer 1-3, R; Wyatt Hoffman 2-4, R, RBI.'

Thorns win thriller over Orlando in front of 19,000 home fans

Football The Columbian

The Portland Thorns did their part to keep the post-World Cup wave of women’s soccer rolling.
'The Portland Thorns did their part to keep the post-World Cup wave of women’s soccer rolling. Tyler Lussi’s headed goal from Meghan Klingenberg’s corner kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time gave Portland a 4-3 win over Orlando on Sunday. Lussi’s goal sent just under 19,000 fans at Providence Park into a frenzy in a match televised nationally. “Having ESPN is truly special,” Lussi said. “We need that for the women’s game. We need that. The U.S. team just won the World Cup and they’re incredible. More people should watch, not only women’s soccer, but women’s sports in general.” Haley Raso gave Portland the lead after just three minutes. The Thorns doubled their advantage in the 58rd minute on Midge Purce’s goal. Brazilian star Marta cut Portland’s lead to 2-1 in the 61st minute. Christine Sinclair, who became just the fourth National Women’s Soccer League player to pass 10,000 minutes during the match, put Portland ahead 3-1 in the 66th minute. But Orlando rallied, scoring on an own goal in the 68th minute then tying the match on Erin Greening’s goal in the 90th minute.'

Lakers hope costly courtship of Anthony Davis pays off with “decade of dominance”

Ice hockey The Denver Post

LOS ANGELES Wearing an easy smile and sounding relieved, Anthony Davis held up his Los Angeles Lakers jersey as dozens of cameras clicked away.
'LOS ANGELES — Wearing an easy smile and sounding relieved, Anthony Davis held up his Los Angeles Lakers jersey as dozens of cameras clicked away. His formal introduction at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, California, on Saturday marked the end of a costly monthslong courtship and the dawn of a promising partnership with LeBron James . Yet the splashy photo op, where more than 100 media members watched Davis show off his new No. 3 jersey, was another reminder that nothing about his journey to Los Angeles has been easy. To get here, the Lakers tried and failed to engineer a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans before the February trade deadline. The fallout from that brazen public effort prompted the Pelicans to fire general manager Dell Demps, and it left the Lakers with a fractured locker room, leading to a sixth straight lottery trip and setting up the departures of president Magic Johnson and coach Luke Walton. When talks rekindled this summer, the Lakers had to part with three valued young prospects — Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart — as well as three first-round picks in a blockbuster trade. Davis, meanwhile, endured the most challenging stretch of his career. His agent, Rich Paul, was fined $50,000 for lodging a public trade request. Davis appeared overwhelmed by questions about his future during All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Pelicans limited his minutes down the stretch of the regular season. As if missing the playoffs for his fifth time in seven seasons wasn’t bad enough, he was repeatedly booed by his home fans. More bumps awaited once the deal was consummated. Davis had to waive a $4 million trade kicker so the Lakers could pursue Kawhi Leonard, who eventually signed with the Los Angeles Clippers . Then, in a final hiccup, he had to sacrifice his preferred jersey number. The 26-year-old all-star power forward has worn No. 23 throughout his NBA career and at the University of Kentucky. James, who wore No. 23 for the Lakers last year, had planned to switch to No. 6 so he could give Davis No. 23 as a welcome present. The gesture, which was celebrated in an Instagram photo of the two stars last week, did not meet an NBA deadline regarding switched numbers and would have cost Nike millions of dollars due to unsold inventory. The plan was therefore nixed at the 11th hour, a turn of events that Davis called “pretty hurtful.” In short, the Lakers lost most of their roster, multiple future assets, their lead executive and their coach, while Davis sacrificed a year of his prime, much of his goodwill in New Orleans, $4 million and his favorite number. This is exactly what NBA Commissioner Adam Silver meant when he said last week that trade demands “are disheartening to the team, disheartening to the community, and they don’t serve the player well.” Despite the messiness, Davis expressed no regrets. “The most difficult part for me was the unknown,” he said. “When it was announced I’d been traded, I wouldn’t say it was a sigh of relief. It was just something that I’ve thought about for a long time. It was tough for me to leave the city I was playing in for seven years. I just wanted to take control of my career. People used to tell me what we need to do, and I would just roll with it. As I started getting older and more experienced, I don’t want to do that. I want to do it this way.” The Lakers, meanwhile, are fully convinced that Davis’ immense talent and potential will make everyone forget the many complications along the way. “There is no more complete basketball player,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said of Davis. “There is nothing he can’t do. He can shoot. He can make plays. He can defend one to five, project the rim, handle the ball. His dedication to his craft is unparalleled. To think that he’s going to be a pillar for this franchise for many years to come, it’s something we’re incredibly proud of.” Coach Frank Vogel envisioned James and Davis making life easier for each other by drawing double teams, running pick and rolls and overwhelming opponents with their athleticism and versatility. When James greeted Davis after the news conference, the superstars were swarmed by more than two dozen cameras — an early indication of their ability to dominate headlines together. Davis looked and sounded especially eager to play with James, easily the best teammate of his seven-year career. Although he has advanced in the playoffs just once — by sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018 — Davis was already dreaming big. “The things [James] does on the floor are pretty amazing,” Davis said. “I never really had a chance to play alongside him. At the 2012 Olympics, I was the towel guy. I didn’t play much. We’ve had a little time during All-Star Games. But to get a full season to see the things he does — pass, shoot, talk well defensively, great leader — I’m excited to get a lot of that this season. I’ll put our roster up against anybody. In a seven-game series, I feel like we will come out victorious.” After expending so much energy and so many resources to acquire him, the Lakers plan to keep Davis at the center of their planning. Pelinka praised Davis’s trade kicker decision as an “incredibly team-focused sacrificial move” and recalled how both James and Davis were actively involved in the team’s subsequent free agency additions. Once Leonard decided on the Clippers, Pelinka signed DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, two of Davis’ former Pelicans teammates, along with Danny Green. Pelinka said the Lakers targeted Cousins and JaVale McGee, two traditional centers, to accommodate Davis’ desire to play power forward. “We want a decade of dominance out of him,” Pelinka said. “We have to do what’s best for his body. Having him bang against the biggest centers every night is not what’s best for his body, our team or the franchise.” When the Lakers inked James last summer, they hoped for an immediate return to relevance. By contrast, their pursuit of Davis had two distinct goals: chasing titles with James and setting up a post-James future. After all, James is 34 and can become a free agent in July 2021. Davis, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, can sign a five-year contract with the Lakers next July. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tNuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. on social media: “People act like you’re not human”\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t Nuggets Ink podcast: The Jerami Grant trade, Jamal Murray’s contract and more NBA earthquakes in Vegas\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tRussell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul, according to AP source\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tNuggets’ addition of Jerami Grant part of “A-plus” offseason for Denver\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tWATCH: Denver Nuggets introduce forward Jerami Grant\t\t \t\t\t \t For now, Davis remained noncommittal when asked whether he was ready to make a long-term commitment to the Lakers. “When that time comes around next year, you can ask me that question and we can revisit it,” he said. “Right now, my focus is on this year and figuring out how I can help this organization become a championship team.” Davis’ dodge ensured that he didn’t say something that could come back to bite him, a la Kyrie Irving’s ill-fated “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here” statement to Boston Celtics fans last year. It also kept Davis in a position of maximized leverage, forcing the Lakers to continue to operate with his best interests in mind. More than anything, it reflected the true state of Davis and the Lakers: They have circled each other for months, but their actual relationship is starting from scratch. After so many starts and stops, and so much collateral damage, it’s best not to rush.'

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'McKinley Interchange. Photo by Jeramey Jannene. Want more links to read? Visit  The Overhead Wire  and signup. Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful. The Law Makes Americans Drive : Gregory Shill of The Atlantic posits that in the United States, freedom of movement comes with one critical qualifier: the obligation to drive. In the interests of Big Oil and various auto barons, generations of lawmakers rewrote American life. But while some obvious players, like the massive interstate highway network, endorse car dependency, some legal framework takes it a step further. From inequities in traffic regulation to the supremacy of single-family-zoning, the personal automobile has become a necessity out of coercion from the law. The struggle against automobile supremacy is just another struggle for justice in America. ( Gregory H. Shill | The Atlantic ) Rewards Programs for Transit Ridership : We have frequent flyer miles and Uber Rewards, but there are no rewards programs set for transit agencies. While losing riders to ride-hail, some agencies are looking to complimentary drinks, gift certificates, and free rides to win them back. In 2016, Bay Area Rapid Transit launched BART perks, offering small cash rewards to commuters who opted to travel at off-peak times. The experiment got ten percent of targeted riders to make the adjustment. Portland’s bike-share system has been partnering with a tech startup to offer credits to riders to be redeemed at local retailers. As ridership drops, transit agencies are willing to try different ideas to boost ridership, including loyalty programs. ( David Zipper | Wired ) Meet the Circular City : As the world heavily urbanizes, more waste is generated and more resources are consumed. Daniel Johnson at Fast Company takes readers to five circular cities, which mitigate waste and minimize their carbon footprint. Berlin, for example, has had a tradition of greening rooftops for about a century. Green roofs are circular because the protection from sunlight and high temperature that they provide help preserve building materials. In Brooklyn, a “sponge park” helps mitigate the collection of polluted runoff in the Gowanus canal; China has even begun a “sponge city initiative” to mitigate flooding and absorb more rainwater for recycling. With the increasing populations in urban areas worldwide, this need for green infrastructure becomes more critical. ( Daniel Johnson | Fast Company ) How Highways Ruined Your City : A study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found that between 1950 and 2010, highways slowed growth in income, population, and land values in city centers, while having the opposite effect in outlying areas. They also greatly contributed to air and noise pollution. A history of freeway revolts shows that the closer a highway is to a city center, the more it diverged from its proposed route. Mid-century planners had an immature understanding of the adverse effects of cars, and the neighborhood activism that fought many urban highways highlights the severe inequities of their construction. This study has been submitted to a journal for peer review. ( Darryl C. Murphy | Plan Philly ) Behind Amazon’s HQ2 Choices : Amazon says its decision to abruptly pull out of a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, was not due to politics, despite speculation. Instead, its choice to nix New York and commit to its Northern Virginia headquarters was based on an annual study of scores within all states of 64 metrics across 10 categories of competitiveness, like Workforce, Cost of Doing Business, and Quality of Life. Amazon’s biggest motivator, though, was finding a state committed to developing a technology talent pipeline for the future; Virginia, according to CNBC, has the nation’s largest concentration of science, technology, and math employees. All these factors considered, Virginia remained the frontrunner for the tech giant’s second headquarters and the pushback from New York just made it a little easier to decide to split the remaining 25,000 jobs around the country.  ( Scott Cohn | CNBC ) Quote of the Week But what may be a novel land-use practice in most states is more familiar territory in Oregon. The Beaver State is a pioneer of policies that seek to nudge urban development upwards, rather than outwards. – Laura Bliss in CityLab discussing Oregon’s move towards allowing more housing. This week on the podcast , Candace Brakewood of the University of Tennessee and Jonny Simkin of Swiftly talk about the details of real time transit information. Want more links to read? Visit The Overhead Wire and signup. ( http://dtrnsfr.us/2iA8Yas )'

Sunday Bulletin Board: When her branch of the family blew in unannounced, they came bearing something warm from the oven!

School and Education Twin Cities

The Permanent Family Record Including: Know thyselves! DebK of Rosemount: “There being no farm visits on the calendar last week, my college friend KK and I did some visiting ourselves — making a road trip to the Willa Cather sites in Red Cloud,
'The Permanent Family Record Including: Know thyselves! DebK of Rosemount: “There being no farm visits on the calendar last week, my college friend KK and I did some visiting ourselves — making a road trip to the Willa Cather sites in Red Cloud, Nebraska, which turns out to be a lot closer to Kansas than either of us realized. “Somewhere along our chosen route — which led us, incidentally, through Sioux City, Iowa, where KK introduced me to the glory that is the Woodbury County Courthouse — we got to talking about the news that a mutual acquaintance was recently able to acquire calling cards used by Mary Todd Lincoln. Perhaps because calling cards don’t figure prominently in our lives, the topic petered out quickly, only to be revived the very next day by a docent’s mention of calling cards, which were traditionally left by visitors to the Harling/Miner house, where lived the childhood friends to whom Cather dedicated ‘My Ántonia.’ “This coincidence necessitated a full report to Cousin Linda, who further developed the theme of visiting practices of yore. In particular, she noted the habits of Uncle Dan Dunn and his wife, who would ‘blow in’ from time to time, driving from Minneapolis to rural Clay County, Iowa, and catching Linda’s mother entirely by surprise. As far as Linda recalls, neither calling cards nor excuses were presented on these occasions. “Cousin Linda’s branch of the family is generally more refined than the branch from which I sprouted. While I wasn’t surprised that our more respectable kin knew nothing of calling cards, I was astonished that they — some of them, anyway — were given to drop-in visiting. That kind of thing was commonly practiced by my rough-around-the-edges people, who wouldn’t dream of wasting money on a long-distance phone call to alert Aunt Florene or Aunt Neva or Grandma Bobzien that we were about to descend on them. “We were an uncouth bunch by most measures, I suppose. But we did observe farm-country etiquette with respect to visiting. We never landed on anyone’s doorstep without bearing a made-from-scratch cake. Mom’s version of a calling card was her peanut cake topped with ‘brown sugar fudge’ frosting. It would’ve been warm from the oven, too, unless our visits took us far from home, which they hardly ever did, for we had cows to milk. “It’s just as well that our visits were abbreviated by the needs of our livestock. Once Mom’s cake was eaten (accompanied by a hastily brewed pot of egg coffee) and Dad had entertained our hosts with a fresh assortment of filthy stories, we’d worn out our welcome.” Fellow travelers Here at Home Division Gregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “Subject: The trains of our lives. “The Twin City Model Railroad Club was established in 1934, and its first museum followed shortly afterward. My first experience with the Twin City Model Railroad Museum was when my parents took my brother and me to the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The Union Depot was a wondrous place all by itself, but it also had the William Crooks steam locomotive in the lobby and the Twin City Model Railroad Museum in a room off to the side. “The Union Depot eventually closed, and the William Crooks was moved to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth. The Twin City Model Railroad Museum lacked a permanent home until it eventually moved into Bandana Square in 1984, where I visited it with my nephews. It had some very impressive displays. “Bandana Square slowly changed from an entertainment and retail center into an office complex, which meant the Twin City Model Railroad Museum had to find yet another new home. It ended up on Transfer Road in the Midway District in 2016. Thanks to a new generation of youngsters in the family, I recently had an excuse to check it out. “To be clear, the Railroad Museum is totally adult-friendly. Children will definitely enjoy it, but adults will find it fascinating and need not feel they must bring kids along with them. Actually, they will probably just get in the way. Please note: I’m just kidding about that last part. But adults should feel no shame going to the museum and spending large amounts of time studying the model trains of all gauges, the complex track layouts, the incredibly detailed buildings and scenery, and the history displays. Rather than try to describe all of this, here are some photos. They really don’t do the museum justice. Go see it for yourself.” What’s in a (team) name? (responsorial) The Farm Boy of St. Paul: “Subject: What’s in a (team) name — the rest of the story. “The Original Robyn from Maplewood’s mention of minor-league baseball in Albuquerque piqued my interest. I wondered whether the team’s name — Isotopes — was really a nod toward New Mexico’s role in the birth of the Atomic Age. Or was it a case of reality mimicking fiction — an homage to pop culture? “Once again, truth is stranger than fiction. The Albuquerque (New Mexico) Isotopes are actually named after the fictional Springfield (state unknown, but home to a nuclear-power plant) Isotopes, from the TV series ‘The Simpsons.’ “A 2001 episode of the show featured a plan to relocate the fictional Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque, which had recently lost its longtime team, the Dukes, to Portland. “Shortly after that, the very real Calgary Cannons team relocated to Albuquerque to fill the void. A name-the-team contest was held, and ‘Isotopes’ won with two-thirds of the vote! “You can’t make this stuff up, folks! [Bulletin Board says: Well, you can make it up . . . but the cool thing is: You don’t need to!] “Read more about it at tinyurl.com/nm-isotopes.” The Permanent Unclely Record Rusty of St. Paul: “Subject: Funny for this week. “I live much of the year in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Ferry boats head back and forth from Bayfield to Madeline Island, a couple miles off shore. “My wife’s brother and his family own the house next to ours. Our 9-year-old nephew and his mom were on their deck around 4 p.m. I was next door on our deck. “Just then, the ferry boat captain blew his horn to get a smaller boat to pay attention. It is really loud. As I always do, if one or both nephews are outside when this happens, I say: ‘Excuse me!’ “They always find this funny, as it’s a [posterior breeze] joke from their corny uncle, but they are also a bit unsure if it is OK to laugh. “So of course I said it, and those two were stifling their laughs. “Perfectly, the ferry captain blew his horn a second time almost right after I said ‘Excuse me.’ I said: ‘Really, I mean it. I had tofu for lunch!’ “They couldn’t hold it in any longer and just cracked up. “And I really DID have tofu for lunch.” Reckless abandoned Or: Older Than Dirt? A second report from Rusty of St. Paul: “Those of us of a Certain Age recall that when we were of an Uncertain Age, our weekend evenings out started at 10 p.m. and ended at a time TBD. “Now that we are of a Certain Age, 10 p.m. means reading in bed and then turning in. “Tonight my wife and I were at an outdoor bar venue in Bayfield listening to live Reggae music. It was 9:30. My wife texted her sister, who is of a Certain Age, that she should come down for a listen. She texted back that she could not possibly come, as she had just taken her bra off for the evening.” Great minds . . . Newspaper Division The Retired Pedagogue of Arden Hills: “Subject: Where have I seen that before? “The front pages of the Sports sections in the Sunday editions of the Twin Cities dailies featured articles about the third round of the 3M Open. The headlines for the stories were remarkably similar: “Pioneer Press: ‘YOUTH IS SERVED.’ “Minneapolis paper: ’Now serving youth.’” BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: Having recently been watching DVDs of the original “Twilight Zone” series (outstanding! highly recommended!), we are naturally reminded of the classic episode “To Serve Man.” Could be verse! Or: Our times Tim Torkildson: “Like a horror movie where the monster reappears “no matter what the peasants do — when you are in arrears, “the bill collector stalks you ev’ry waking moment, pal, “whether hiding inside or out in the chaparral. “Remorselessly they squeeze you, draining you of ev’ry drop, “and outside of a quick demise, you cannot make them stop. “So pay your bills on time, and throw your credit cards away, “or demons will be haunting you both dreary night and day.” Life as we know it Norton’s mom of Eau Claire, Wis.: “Subject: Pride goeth before what? “I’ve been participating in the Strong Bodies exercise program (offered through our local Aging and Disability Resource Center) for the last year, and just signed up for another 10-week session. These twice-a-week classes incorporate strength training, balance, core exercises and more, and I’ve noticed that I feel better, stand straighter, and actually have muscles. And this leads me to my latest Ha ha — you did something stupid again . . . you should send it to BBonward. “I was heading back from my walk down the road the other evening and became aware that I was walking really nicely. My posture was good — standing tall, head up, shoulders back — and I was pretty darn proud of all that. I would have patted myself on the back, but I was afraid I’d screw up the step counter strapped to my wrist and cheat myself out of a couple of steps. “As I walked forward, head still high and looking straight ahead, I heard a rustle beside me. I quickly looked down and saw a rabbit, hightailing it away from me to the safety of the ditch. I’d almost stepped on the poor thing. “My new saying: Pride goeth before almost stepping on a bunny.” Life as we know it (responsorial) Or: Our wild things, ourselves The Astronomer of Nininger: “As I read the exasperating tale of an encounter with a black bear, by Norton’s mom, I settled back, recalling my mother’s encounters with black bears. “After my father passed, she continued to live in rural northwest Wisconsin, a rugged area of the Blue Hills. Mother always liked animals and wanted to do something ‘good’ for them. This often involved feeding them some treat, whether they needed it as part of their diet or not. In addition to spoiling their usual natural feeding routines, she befriended them and had unique humanized names that reflected both her impressions of the bears and her fondness for them. One I remember well was Harvey. “There must be a mutual fondness and trust built up between animal lovers and God’s creatures, all of them. I remember that on mother’s front porch, I actually had chickadees eating nuts from my outstretched palm. Harvey was no exception. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tSunday Bulletin Board: A funny thing happened on the way to the James J. Hill House!\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tSunday Bulletin Board: It had been a bear of a day . . . and then a bear showed up!\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tSunday Bulletin Board: There’s always something new to find in this ordinary old farmhouse\t\t \t\t\t \t “Harvey ventured onto the porch, climbing up the steps, just a stone’s throw from the road that cut through the wooded area. Pioneer farmers clear-cut fields and attempted to cultivate some of that land. Walking across these fields, now overgrown with waist-high grasses and what we would call weeds, gives one some insight into what it must have been like a hundred years ago when these people who settled the region first broke into the ground and turned it over. Farmers today have said there was no way to make money on these fields, so many just sit abandoned. Because this was so remote, bears and other wildlife thrived. Harvey, after going up the three steps to the porch, often could be found reclining on the couch that sat against the outside wall of the living room. It would have been easy for him to break a window, but he never did. “Harvey stood a full 6 feet and was much heavier than a man of that stature. When I was there, he was a bit more leery, but came to eat the food that my mother placed for him. If he did not show up, Mother seemed to worry about him as if he were her own child. He usually stayed about a half-hour, sometimes playing on the front lawn. “In spite of warnings from the Wisconsin DNR, my mother continued her relationship with Harvey until her last day on this Earth. I don’t know what became of him, as he was never seen again. But I do know that just as she had a special place in her heart for him, he had one for her, too.” Band Name of the Day: Bras Off'

Morse is MVP as West beats East at Freedom Bowl Classic

American Football The Columbian

Bay graduate scores only touchdown in 6-0 victory
'Carter Morse played his final high school football game Saturday for more than himself. He honored his mother, Nicole, who died of complications from acute liver failure when Morse was 12. His father, Aaron, was diagnosed in September with throat cancer and is in the hospital, Morse said. He found his zone, he said, a level he wasn’t sure he had until he kept going. “It came from my grind,” Morse said. “There was a time in there, I was playing both sides the whole game, and I told myself I can’t give up. I have to do it for my family. That’s what kept my fire going.” Morse had a final game to remember at the Freedom Bowl Clssic. He scored the game’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter and also forced two fumbles and a sack to end the first half in a 6-0 victory by the West at McKenzie Stadium. “To be honest, I didn’t think I was conditioned for this,” he said. “But I think it was mental. I was prepared to just get into my zone.” Morse will play baseball next spring at Mt. Hood Community College, and held the annual Freedom Bowl Classic’s Most Outstanding Player award with high regard. Saturday’s score was the lowest combined points in the game’s 17-year history of the charity event featuring recent Southwest Washington graduates. The game raises funds for Shriners charities. Players visited Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland earlier this week. “It’s not just for us,” Union’s Josh Barber said, “it’s for the kids, too, so it’s a great way to not just represent our school, but all of Southwest Washington. The Classic started off like it could be a classic in a game featuring a much-larger East team up front against a speedier West team. But through three quarters, defense took control and offensive drives weren’t sustained. Neither team reached the red zone in a scoreless first half that featured more turnovers on downs than first downs. The eventual game-winning drive came with 7 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the game for a quick six-play, 49-yard drive when Naselle quarterback Cole Dorman found Morse in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown reception. Key moments It was over when … The West tripped up Barber of Union from behind at the 35-yard line as time expired. The East team’s final drive began at its own 41 with 21 seconds remaining trailing 6-0. First-half zeros — Neither team reached its own red zone the first 24 minutes. The West team, highlighted by Taj Muhammad’s (Seton Catholic) five first-half catches, got the West team down to the 26-yard line with his first-down catch and run. The first play of the third quarter, the East stopped the West team at the 2-yard line for a turnover on downs. Defensive stop leads to game-winning drive — The game-winning Dorman-to-Morse came after the West team’s Tyrehl Viavao (Columbia River) stopped Evergreen quarterback Ryan Blaize 1 yard short of a first down for a turnover on downs. The West got the ball back at its own 49. Top performers TOP PERFORMERS Cole Dorman, Naselle — Dorman played 8-man football for the Comets, but thrived splitting time under center with Columbia River’s Dawson Lieurance. Dorman went 8 for 14 for 106 yards and the touchdown pass to Morse to earn team offensive MVP honors. Makani Schultz, Ridgefield — The future Eastern Oregon player made an impact for the West as the team’s defensive MVP honors. He registered six tackles. Evergreen duo earns MVP honors — Trent Hemann (running back) and Josh Leckie (defensive linemen) were workhorses all game. Hemann had 53 yards rushing and Leckie had one of the East team’s five sacks. Key numbers 19 — The number of teams represented on both rosters. Twelve different schools — from far away as Toledo and Naselle — were West players. 2 — It’s the first time in Freedom Bowl Classic two state championship teams are represented. Seven players from 4A Union and 2A Hockinson were on the rosters. 1 — An interception made by Mountain View’s Michael Bolds, the school’s single-season leader interceptions. He had nine in 2018. QUOTABLE “I’ve been wanting to run the ball all week. … It was fun. It was really good to be back there.” — Union’s Josh Barber, who had six carries for 20 yards. It was the first time Union’s defensive tackle ran the football since freshman year, he said. All of Barber’s yardage came in the second half.'

Rapids, Timbers play to 2-2 tie in Portland

Football The Denver Post

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Colorado midfielder Sam Nicholson scored the tying goal in the 76th minute and the Rapids played to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
'PORTLAND, Ore. — Colorado midfielder Sam Nicholson scored the tying goal in the 76th minute and the Rapids played to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night. Nicholson’s first goal of the season was a left-footed strike from the top of the box that left Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark flat-footed. It came after Portland took a one-goal lead in the 63rd when Diego Valeri made a penalty kick, which was the result of a Colorado hand ball. The first goal of the back-and-forth match came in the 27th minute when Rapids defender Tommy Smith scored an own goal. His header intended to clear Valeri’s corner kick went past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard into the back of the net. During the celebration, Timbers players rushed over and crowded around coach Gio Saverese, whose father, Carlo Savarese, died earlier Saturday. Colorado responded a minute later. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tRapids’ Lewis returns from USMNT’s Gold Cup run ready to add spark\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tBackpass: Is there a path to pro women’s soccer in Colorado?\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t Colorado Rapids podcast: Recapping loss to Revolution, looking ahead to Portland Timbers\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tAnalysis: Looking back at the Rapids’ improbable seven-match unbeaten streak\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tThe Colorado Rapids were delayed 222 minutes: 5 things we learned from a wet loss to New England\t\t \t\t\t \t Midfielder Jonathan Lewis settled a cross deflected out by the Timbers defense in the center of the box and scored with a right-footed line drive in the 28th. It was Lewis’ first start since returning from playing with the U.S. men’s national team during the Gold Cup. The 22-year-old had scored twice in three starts before his national team call-up. Howard kept it tied with a diving one-handed effort on a shot by Sebastian Blanco two minutes later. The Rapids turned a counter-attack into a 2-on-1 opportunity in the 45th, but Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark made back-to-back saves, the second a one-handed dive blocking Kei Kamara’s header. Portland center back Julio Cascante was given a straight red card in the 56th minute for a slide tackle from behind on Kamara. The teams played to a 3-3 draw on March 2 to open MLS regular season in Colorado.'