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Recipe: Steak-cut fries with blue cheese dip are potatoes done right

French fry aficionados may scoff at steak-cut fries, those thick wedges of baking potatoes coated with oil and roasted in a super-hot oven. But I say, wait a darn minute. If roasted correctly, they have the ideal ratio of creamy centers and crisp exteriors. Served as an appetizer, these hearty dippers can scoop up plenty of delicious blue cheese dressing. Potatoes and blue cheese dressing are a heavenly combo, a pairing so lovely even steak-fry doubters might approve. Steak-cut Oven Fried Spuds With Blue Cheese Dip Yield: 8 to 10 servings INGREDIENTS Dip: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup crumbled Maytag or other blue cheese (about 6 ounces) 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 shallot, minced 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoo...

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The Latest: Greece suffers new record of COVID-19 deaths

By The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities announced a record 121 deaths from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours on Saturday. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 2,223. There were also 1,747 new confirmed infections, raising the total to 103,034. The country is under lockdown until Dec. 7, but government officials have strongly hinted that restrictons could be extended. In any case, the opening will be gradual, starting with schools and with restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs opening last. Officials also said that the ban on travel inside the country will stay in effect during the holiday season. They added that vaccination against the virus, when it starts, will be free but not mandatory. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBRE

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Woman arrested after shooting boy in leg with bow and arrow, police say

Adobe Stock WEST JORDAN — A woman was arrested after she allegedly shot a boy in the leg with a bow and arrow in West Jordan, police said. Officers were called to a home in the area of 7800 S. 5200 West mid-afternoon Friday on the report of a stabbing, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Adam Julian. When they arrived, they found a boy with a “fairly significant wound to his leg,” Julian said. The sergeant did not disclose the boy’s age. Chelsie Marinos Huggins, 38, came out of the home willingly and was taken into custody, Julian said. Police believe Huggins and the boy live in the same home, but details about their relationship has not been released. The boy “stated he was shot by a bow and arrow by the adult suspect,” according to a police affidavit written in support of Huggins’ arrest. ...

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California’s COVID-19 cases surging — even without all the holiday week cases tallied

California’s seven-day average for new coronavirus cases has shot up nearly 80% over the past two weeks, marking a grim end to the Thanksgiving week even as many counties took the holiday off and aren’t likely to share updates again until Monday. Just 15 of California’s 58 counties issued new tallies on Thanksgiving itself, with that number rising to 30 as of Friday. Even so, the state reported a seven-day average case count of 13,092 new cases Friday, as compared to 7,388 on Nov. 13th, according to data compiled by this news organization — an increase of about 77%. The state’s positivity rate hovers at about 6.2%, more than double its 3% rate at the end of October. Deaths have likewise climbed, with a seven-day average of about 65 as of Friday compared to 40 two weeks ago. And hospitaliza

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Whicker: UCLA, Pepperdine remind us of college basketball’s good tidings

Again, the score filtered east, through the time zones, and spread the news that Pepperdine and Colbey Ross can play. The Waves, who already knew that, stared at the freeway through the windows of their northbound bus late Friday afternoon. “They were ticked,” Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar said. That’s ticked off. Certainly not tickled. “When you have opportunities like we had, you have to break through,” Romar said. Realistically, Pepperdine’s 107-98 triple-overtime loss to UCLA at Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State portends happy days for both. Because UCLA coach Mick Cronin didn’t dig deep into his bench, players like Jaime Jaquez (55 minutes), Tony Campbell (52) and Chris Smith (51) had to reach their cardiovascular limits. They actually played very well after halftime, and

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Woman, 33, dies in crash in western Salt Lake County

Adobe Stock MAGNA — A 33-year-old woman died late Friday night after a crash on state Route 201, troopers said. About 10:35 p.m., the woman, whose name has not been released, was driving north on 7200 West in Magna in a Hyundai when she ran a red light in an intersection, said Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andrew Battenfield. The Hyundai was then T-boned by a pickup truck traveling east on S.R. 201, Battenfield said. The woman driving the Hyundai died. Battenfield said she was not wearing a seat belt at the time. The pickup driver and a passenger drove themselves to a hospital for minor injuries, according to Battenfield. The crash remains under investigation. ...read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News...

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Small Brewery Sunday: Love, or possibly lose, your local brewpub as pandemic slows down sales

To raise awareness about local independent beer makers’ plight, the Brewers Association, the trade group representing breweries, on Nov. 29 is promoting Small Brewery Sunday — slotted between Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. | stock.adobe.comAmid the pandemic, celebrate and support America’s small and independent breweries through carryout, curbside pickup, delivery, pop-ups, local retail outlets and more. The country’s expanding craft beer industry runs the risk of going flat with brewpubs and microbreweries facing a winter of siphoned sales, spurred by expected shutdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the more than 8,300 independent breweries in the U.S., the vast majority of them — about 6,000 — are small-producing microbreweries and brewpubs, which thri...

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Cindy McCain is under consideration to become US Ambassador to the United Kingdom: report

Summary List PlacementPresident-elect Joe Biden is considering Cindy McCain to serve as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to a report from The Times of London. McCain, the wife of the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, endorsed Biden's successful presidential campaign against President Donald Trump and was credited for helping the president-elect win the conservative-leaning Southwestern state this year. "It's hers if she wants it," a source reportedly said to The Times of London. "She delivered Arizona. They know that." McCain has been publicly critical of Trump's attacks on her late husband, which the president continued even after the longtime senator's death in August 2018. Biden, who served in the US Senate for 36 years, most of them alongside Sen. McCain, h...

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Man fatally shot in drive-by Little Village: police

A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in a drive-by Nov. 28, 2020, in the 3100 block of West 26th Street. | Sun-Times file photoHe was in the 3100 block of West 26th Street about 6:10 a.m., when someone in a passing black vehicle fired shots at him. A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in a drive-by Saturday in Little Village on the Southwest Side. He was in the 3100 block of West 26th Street about 6:10 a.m., when someone in a passing black vehicle fired shots at him, Chicago police said. He was struck multiple times and brought to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Area Four detectives are investigating. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Chicago native Wilton Gregory formally elevated by Pope Francis to become first African American cardinal

Cardinal and Archbishop Wilton Gregory, pictured in June 2019 at St. Augustine Church in Washington, D.C. The Chicago native was elevated at a Vatican ceremony Saturday. | AP PhotosGregory, who was born and ordained in Chicago, said he viewed his appointment as “an affirmation of Black Catholics in the United States, the heritage of faith and fidelity that we represent.” ROME — Chicago native Wilton Gregory became the Roman Catholic Church’s first African American cardinal during a Vatican ceremony Saturday as Pope Francis elevated a total of 13 men to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy. The appointment of Cardinal Gregory — the Washington D.C. archbishop who was born and ordained in Chicago — comes after a year of racial protests in the U.S. sparked by the latest killing of a Bla

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Kim Jong-Un is reportedly displaying ‘excessive anger’ over the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, ordering the execution of two people

Summary List PlacementNorth Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, reportedly displayed "excessive anger" over the coronavirus pandemic and its economic damage, a South Korea's spy agency said on Friday. According to The Associated Press (AP), Kim is also said to be ordering "irrational measures" to slow the spread of COVID-19, including ordering the execution of at least two people, banning fishing at sea, and locking down the capital, Pyongyang. The latest information from the Hermit Kingdom comes from South Korean lawmakers, who spoke to reporters on Friday after having a private meeting with the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the country's chief intelligence agency. The NIS reportedly informed officials that one of the two executed people was a well-known money changer in Pyongyang, who ...

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Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was remembered as a ‘gentle soul’ by his colleagues and acquaintances

Summary List PlacementColleagues of Tony Hsieh, who died on Friday aged 46, said the Zappos entrepreneur will be remembered as a "gentle soul" who brought happiness to so many people.  Sequoia partner Alfred Lin, who once served as COO, CFO, and chairman of Zappos, recognized him as a kindred spirit during their student days. The pair soon teamed up to cofound LinkExchange, which they sold to Microsoft for $265 million within 18 months. Writing on Twitter today, Lin said: "Today is a sad day! The world lost a pioneer of a company culture, the shoe industry, Downtown LV, web advertising, and also a gentle soul who gave a part of himself to countless people." Hsieh was described as a visionary by many, including Amazon, which bought Zappos in 2009. An official Amazon account paid tribute ...

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COVID-19: San Jose State’s football game today at Boise State canceled

San Jose State’s matchup with Boise State has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State program, the Mountain West announced this morning. The game will be declared a no contest and there are no plans to reschedule. “We arrived in Boise on Friday and learned this news Saturday morning,” said San Jose State Athletics Director Marie Tuite. “Our players and coaches were looking forward to this game with great anticipation. It is a big disappointment to everyone that we are not able to play this game.” This is the second week in a row San Jose State will not play due. San Jose State’s game against Fresno State was canceled due to contact tracing in the Fresno State program. Related Articles San Jose State football at Boise State:...

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Home sales in Contra Costa County, Nov. 28

1519 N. Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton; $1.565 million; 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in 3,235 square feet; built in 2010 on 0.38 acres; gourmet kitchen includes custom cabinets, island, commercial-grade stove, wine refrigerator, walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry; house boasts formal dining, living and family rooms; first floor also incudes an office, bedroom and full bathroom; theater room comes fully furnished with theater seating, 4K HD projector, brand new 4K receiver and surround-sound speakers; cabana includes outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops, four-person bar top, sink with garbage disposal, outdoor refrigerator, built-in ice chest, gas BBQ, outdoor heaters, ceiling fans and recessed lighting. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd ...

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