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49ers want NFL to ease players’ fears over MetLife turf before Sunday encore

Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device. The NFL has listened to the 49ers’ chorus of complaints about Sunday’s “sticky” field conditions on MetLife Stadium’s new, synthetic turf. And coach Kyle Shanahan is hoping now the league somehow will alleviate his players’ concerns ahead of Sunday’s encore visit, where they will face the New York Giants after just beating the New York Jets 31-13 on the same field. “They’re definitely looking into it,” Shanahan said Monday on a video call with Bay Area media. “Hopefully, at some time, we get some answers back that can make our players feel a little bit more at ease at playing next week.” The 49ers traced the field’s “sticky” and “spongy” surface as a contributing factor to their multiple leg injuries. Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a high-ankle sprain and at least four players suffered knee injuries, including likely season-ending varieties to defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas. MetLife Stadium’s field met the NFL standards Saturday by an independent, field inspector, and the Jets certified within 72 hours of kickoff that the surface was…

Here’s the Warriors’ minicamp roster and where each player stands

On Monday, the Warriors entered a 48-hour quarantine ahead of the team’s voluntary minicamp that starts Wednesday. Though Stephen Curry and Draymond Green elected not to attend, here is who will be working out at Chase Center, and where they stand with the team. The injured building blocks Klay Thompson, guard: He hasn’t played since last June, when he tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Since then, he has worked hard to rehab and get back to his pre-injury form. He has spent most of that time in Southern California, but will be back in San Francisco, working with coaches and playing alongside teammates — many of whom he has never played with before. Kevon Looney, center: He was limited to just 20 games last season due to various injuries, including a neuropathic condition and an abdominal injury that he addressed through surgery after the season. This minicamp is a chance for him to find his rhythm and prove he can be a healthy part of the rotation next season. The new guy Andrew Wiggins, forward: In the 12 games he…

Attention Donna Summer fans: You are going to love this

We could all use a reason to smile right about now. And we’ve definitely found one thanks to the glorious new remix of Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” from hitmaking producer/DJ Kygo. Sure, the euphoria may only last as long as the song — which is three minutes and change. But, hey, we’ll take it — especially this year. Summer was at the height of her power when she first recorded this rocking dance track for “Bad Girls,” the singer’s chart-topping seventh studio album. “Hot Stuff” zoomed to No. 1 on the pop charts, went on to win the very first Grammy Award given out for best female rock vocal performance, and, roughly a quarter century later, was ranked No. 104 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. Related Articles Donna Summer Musical: 21 cool facts about ‘The Queen of Disco’ New music: 3 new albums that should be on your radar New music: Here are 5 cool new tracks to enjoy in September New music: 3 cool new songs that you should hear in August Sons of Soul Revivers celebrate 50…

Shake Shack ready to open at Valley Fair; here’s when to get in line

Shake Shack, the New York City cult favorite expanding in the Bay Area, has finally made it to the South Bay. The restaurant at Westfield Valley Fair will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday. It’s located near Bloomingdale’s in the Santa Clara center’s new dining district, which features an open-air pedestrian promenade. Customers may eat on the socially distanced outdoor patio or take their meals to go. As part of its philanthropic efforts, Shake Shack will donate a meal to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley for every order placed on opening day. Joining the menu of burgers and crinkle-cut fries will be two spicy items — a cage-free Hot Chick’n sandwich and Hot Spicy Cheese Fries — and a seasonal Pumpkin milkshake made with Libby’s pumpkin, marshmallow, cinnamon and nutmeg blended with vanilla frozen custard, and topped with whipped cream and toasted pumpkin seeds. The Bay Area already has four Shake Shacks. The first, at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, opened in late 2018, followed by a Marin County location and one at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. The most recent…

CDC reverses itself on coronavirus transmission

By Jamie Gumbrecht and Naomi Thomas | CNN The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted just days earlier. “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted,” Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman, said in a response emailed to CNN. The guidance had been quietly updated on Friday, according to the CDC’s website. CNN was first to report the change on Sunday. The CDC responded to CNN just before noon on Monday to say it was reverting to the previous guidance. Despite several studies that have shown the novel coronavirus can spread through small particles in the air, the CDC page now says that Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an…

Coronavirus: As California crosses 15,000 deaths, here’s how it compares to other states

California recorded its 15,000th fatality from COVID-19 on Sunday, according to data compiled by this news organization. Globally, the number of known victims was just under 1 million, while the U.S. was expected to cross 200,000 deaths Monday — more than any other country in the world. Both numbers according to the latest tracking from Johns Hopkins University. Since California crossed the 10,000-death mark, two other states have joined the undesired club and one has surpassed its death toll. California has also improved its position drastically from where it was then, and nationwide, the outbreak has shifted. California recorded its 10,000th death on Aug. 6 – a little over six weeks ago. In the time since, the death toll in Florida has risen to 13,296, according to Johns Hopkins, while Texas recently overtook California for the third spot nationally, behind New York and New Jersey. There had been 71 more deaths reported in Texas than California, 15,088 to 15,017, as of Sunday. Those totals — about 15,000 deaths in six months — are about half the deaths that were recorded during the deadliest six weeks…

Neck gaiter at issue in Spirit Airlines mask dispute

Are neck gaiters an appropriate face covering for coronavirus prevention? Spirit Airlines says no, an angry passenger says yes, the CDC says maybe. The issue came into the spotlight with a video tweeted Friday by a Spirit passenger named Michael. “Harassed by @SpiritAirlines flight attendant,” he wrote in the caption, and then tagged right-wing commentators Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Ben Shapiro. The man was wearing a neck gaiter with an American flag design. The flight attendant told him that, because it had only one layer of fabric, it did not meet the airlines’ requirements for face covering. The employee offered Michael another mask, but he refused it. “I don’t have to wear the mask that you gave me, I’m wearing the mask that I have,” he said. A Spirit spokesperson confirmed that the airline does not consider single-layer masks suitable. It said the man also refused a suggestion that he fold his gaiter so his nose and mouth were covered by a double layer. Spirit’s website specifies that masks must have two layers of fabric, cover the nose and mouth snugly and be secure…

President Trump calls injured California cops, one of whom can’t speak and wrote out her responses

By Eliott C. McLaughlin | CNN President Donald Trump made phone calls to the deputies injured in a Compton, California, shooting, and though one of them remains in the hospital and couldn’t speak, she wrote out her answers for the nation’s commander in chief. The call was detailed in a Saturday afternoon Facebook post from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Transit Service Bureau. It shows the 31-year-old, who was shot in the face, in bed with a writing pad in her lap. Her arms are heavily bandaged. An LASD sergeant, one of her colleagues in the bureau, and her husband were at her bedside in an intensive care unit. The sergeant relayed her answers to Trump during the call, the post said. The officer, who hasn’t been identified, has her face blurred, as does her husband. “A week ago today, a callous and heartless criminal attempted to murder two of the heroes that work hard everyday to keep you safe,” the post said, adding that Trump “called both of our deputies to check on their spirits (and) wish them a speedy recovery.” Trump also assured…

Woman accused of sending ricin letter to White House is arrested

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin to the White House has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told the Associated Press. The letter had been intercepted last week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said Sunday. Her name was not released. The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House, and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials. The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. There have been several prior instances in which U.S. officials have been targeted with ricin sent through the mail. A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members…

49ers’ hunt for replacements leading again to Ziggy Ansah

Another wave of 49ers injuries, a more urgent need for defensive-line help. Ziggy Ansah will visit a third time with the 49ers and is expected to sign, following Sunday’s barrage of injuries that took out fellow defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, the NFL Network reported Monday morning. Ansah must clear COVID-19 testing upon meeting up with the 49ers in West Virginia. They flew there after Sunday’s 31-13 win over the New York Jets and are practicing this week at The Greenbrier Resort before returning to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants next Sunday. The 49ers brought Ansah in last month at the start of training camp and again early last week but failed to make a deal. The seven-year veteran has 50 1/2 career sacks in 91 games. He played last season with the Seattle Seahawks after a six-year tenure with the Detroit Lions, where his position coach was Kris Kocurek, who holds that same role now with the 49ers. “I’ve always been a fan of Ziggy, playing against him and stuff,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said last week. “He’s always…

Cal Fire map shows homes burned in North Complex

A newly released interactive map shows the status of hundreds of buildings in the fire zone of the California’s North Complex wildfires. To use the map in the window above, accept the disclaimer and click OK. An address can be entered in the map’s search bar to locate a specific residence. The latest report on the fire says 1,635 structures are determined to have been destroyed. Most are in the Berry Creek area, near Lake Oroville. The group of fires in Plumas and Butte counties started on Aug. 18 and grew rapidly toward Oroville during the dry and windy weather of Sept. 6 and 7. They have burned 293,843 acres. Fifteen people were killed, most near Berry Creek. Related Articles Wildfires, coronavirus and an earthquake collided for California’s terrible week A voice in the darkness: Volunteer radio station eases fears as wildfire nears remote Mendocino County town New evacuations ordered as Bobcat fire surges past 100,000 acres; nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl destroyed Bobcat Fire approaching 100,000 acres; nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl destroyed El Dorado Fire grows more than 400 acres overnight  

What’s causing so many hummingbirds to visit Los Gatos feeder?

DEAR JOAN: These last two weeks I have seen an increase of hummingbirds at the feeder. I am refilling the 3- to 4-cup feeder daily. There will be six or seven feeding at the same time. I have never seen so many at my feeder before. Do the fires around us have something to do with this increase in hummingbirds at the feeder? Are they flying long distances because their feeding area is now unavailable to them? Ed Carbone, Los Gatos DEAR ED: There certainly could be some hummers that have been pushed out of their normal feeding areas because of the fires. But we are at the start of the migration season, and while not all hummingbirds migrate, many do. That might account for the increase. They need a lot of food to fuel their journey south. Another reason is that as we move toward autumn, many of the summer blooms are fading, meaning there is less natural food available for the hummingbirds. DEAR JOAN: We have a hummingbird feeder that we hang on a tree in the backyard. The birds came by every day…

The Deets: 49ers Week 2 overreactions — how will the Niners fare without Bosa, Garoppolo?

The Deets is a weekday morning dose of commentary — delivered at 7 a.m. — from sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach that wraps up everything important in the world of sports and looks forward to another crazy day ahead. They won, but at what cost? The 49ers’ Week 2 victory over the Jets was a melancholy affair, as fans had to see the team’s top defensive player go down with an injury, the starting quarterback follow him, and also, they had to watch the Jets. And despite being 1-1, the overreactions flowed all day Sunday. Let’s rebuff some hot takes: Overreaction: The 49ers’ season is over I don’t want to chastise anyone making this point right now. It’s hard to see a future where the 49ers are contenders. But even though the team is down four of their five best players and their quarterback is sidelined for who knows how long, the 49ers are not yet cooked. I prefer not to write anyone off in the NFL until October. Call me old fashioned. I patricianly am not keen to make grand season-long proclamations this early when…

Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air

By Naomi Thomas | CNN The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes. “Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,” the site now says. Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” The page, updated Friday, still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.” These particles can cause infection when “inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs,” it says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in…

‘The Real Murders of Orange County’ tackles true-crime mysteries for TV series

“The Real Murders of Orange County,” a new true-crime show on Oxygen, will debut Nov. 8, the network announced on Saturday. The series will present two episodes every Sunday night that will examine “the most horrific, sinful and salacious cases that rocked Southern California’s wealthy coastal community,” according an Oxygen press release. The premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 includes two stories that made headlines at the time of the crimes. One focuses on the murder of Jane Carver, a Fountain Valley flight attendant, who was shot and killed — apparently by mistake in a murder-for-hire gone wrong — in 1995. The second focuses on the murders of Bradford and Andra Sachs, and the wounding of their youngest son, in San Juan Capistrano in 2014, in what investigators soon realized was a crime committed by another of their children. Oxygen, a sister network to Bravo, which airs the many “The Real Housewives” franchises including the original Orange County one, is also home to such  true-crime shows as “Buried In The Backyard,” “Killer Couples,” and “Snapped.” For a preview of “The Real Murders of Orange County,” click…

Trump wants the TikTok deal to pour $5 billion into ‘real history’ education. It’s not that simple

By Alexis Benveniste and Jill Disis | CNN Business President Donald Trump is adamant that a tentative deal involving short-form video app TikTok will include a $5 billion fund to “educate people” about the “real history of our country.” That appears to have taken TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance by surprise, and created even more confusion about how the finer points of an already complicated deal will work in practice. Trump mentioned the fund at a rally in North Carolina on Saturday, as he signaled his approval of a deal between ByteDance, Oracle and Walmart. The deal — which would temporarily avert a ban on TikTok in US app stores — would see Walmart and Oracle take a stake of up to 20% in a newly created US-based entity, TikTok Global. Beijing-based ByteDance says it will retain 80%. As part of the deal, Trump said he asked the companies to “do me a favor” by putting “$5 billion into a fund for education, so we can educate people as to [the] real history of our country — the real history, not the fake history.” ByteDance…

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