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NASA astronaut spouse’s family claims they were ‘frightened’ by demands during bitter custody battle

The estranged wife of Anne McClain said she went public with the NASA astronaut’s alleged financial and identity theft crimes — which may be the first criminal offenses to occur in space — after her family became “frightened” by McClain’s demands during a bitter custody battle.

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer from Kansas, claims McClain stole her identity and accessed her bank account without permission — while she was orbiting the Earth during a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station — as part of her attempt to gain custody over Worden’s 6-year-old son, Briggs, who Worden gave birth to about a year before meeting McClain.

NASA ASTRONAUT ACCUSED OF STEALING IDENTITY, ACCESSING BANK ACCOUNT OF ESTRANGED WIFE WHILE IN SPACE

Worden told KTRK in an interview released Monday she wanted to keep quiet about the divorce and custody situation, following the advice of her attorney.

“We really didn’t want it to come back in my face and make it look like I was trying to retaliate against Anne or to ruin her career, which is obviously what she is stating now, that I’m trying to ruin her career,” Worden explained.

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Summer Worden, left, claims her estranged wife, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, stole her identity while aboard the International Space Station. (LinkedIn/NASA)

But two weeks ago, when a judge granted McClain a visitation schedule, Worden said she felt she “had to come forward and tell my story because the momentum of the case was not going in the direction we were hoping it to go in accordance with the law and preserving my rights as a parent.”

Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and her parents filed a complaint with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing McClain of assuming her identity and gaining improper access to her private financial records while orbiting Earth. She previously told The New York Times she was tipped off when McClain somehow had knowledge about her private spending while on a mission with no way to know otherwise.

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She said she contacted her bank and was informed that her sign-in credentials had been used on a computer registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“I was pretty appalled that she would go that far,” Worden said. “I knew it was not O.K.”

Worden’s mother, Beth Worden, said that before McClain was set to come home from space, Worden “was becoming more and more frightened and let us know about that…We were thinking, ‘What on Earth is going to happen?’ Surely there’s no way a third party can take our grandson. He’s our firstborn grandson.”

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Anne McClain, pictured here, denied the allegations against her and described the situation as “painful, personal separation.” (NASA)

When Worden and McClain wed in 2014, Worden refused McClain’s request to adopt the child. The Worden family told KTRK that McClain demanded she be allowed to legally adopt the 6-year-old child — despite Worden telling her no.

She took Worden to court in 2018 to get shared parenting rights after accusing Worden of having a temper and making poor financial decisions — but Worden filed for divorce after now-deleted pictures of her son and McClain were posted to her Twitter.

Not long after, McClain left for space.

“I just felt that she was almost held hostage,” Beth Worden said. “She was demanding that she had Briggs, this time, that time, and I could see how it was affecting Briggs.”

She added: “It seems like right now Anne controls our life. We have to be home at 7 o’clock, three nights a week, so she can FaceTime with him. Well, that’s the time that we’re eating dinner, just getting home from soccer practice, and then every other Saturday she gets to see him so that takes him away from us.”

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McClain tweeted Saturday there’s “unequivocally no truth to these claims.”

“We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation,” the astronaut wrote. “I have total confidence in the IG process.”

Worden wants McClain to “take the pressure off and drop the case and be a nice person,” and said the right thing to do, in order for her to have any type of relationship with Briggs, “is to stop trying to force and take through the court system.”

While on the ISS, McClain reportedly tried to secure a gag order to seal the court battle, but was denied. Their divorce trial is scheduled to begin in Houston, Texas, in September.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Obama gets political again, launches initiative to fight gerrymandering

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Former President Barack Obama is back in the political arena, announcing a new initiative to combat partisan gerrymandering — though Republicans say the efforts are really about helping Democrats.

The “Redistricting U” program is part of the All on the Line campaign, which came about in February when Obama merged his Organizing for Action group with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Redistricting Action Fund. The effort aims to recruit and train individuals to take up the fight against drawing congressional districts based on partisan interests.

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“Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority – from my 2008 campaign until now,” Obama tweeted Monday. “And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U.”

Republicans, though, have accused Democrats of making it sound like they want fairness – when in reality they are hoping to position their party in a better position.

“If anyone tells you that @EricHolder is ‘fighting against gerrymandering’ and for ‘fair maps,’ just look at the form his organization filed with the IRS,” former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted last week. “The truth: their mission is to ‘FAVORABLY POSITION DEMOCRATS FOR THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS.’”

According to All on the Line’s website, Redistricting U will be “sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”

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The organization is focused on impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census. They warn against “rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people.”

Partisan gerrymandering was a hot topic in the spring, when the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue, determining in a ruling in two cases that the judiciary should not get involved because it is a political issue best left to lawmakers.

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One of the Supreme Court cases, Benisek v. Lamone, involved North Carolina, where Republicans had benefited from gerrymandering. All on the Line identified North Carolina as one of 10 “priority states,” along with Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Not on that list is Maryland, where Democrats had been accused of unfairly drawing district maps at the expense of Republicans in the Supreme Court’s other partisan gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause.

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Indonesia to remove ‘burden’ away from capital city Jakarta to less crowded, less polluted province

Indonesia is getting a less crowded, less polluted capital city, removing the “burden” on sinking Jakarta, the country’s president announced Monday.

President Joko Widodo said the new capital city – which has not yet been named – will move to the mineral-rich province of East Kalimantan on the eastern side of the island.

He said three years of intense studies showed officials that the sparsely populated province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans, was the ideal place for a new capital city.

“We couldn’t continue to allow the burden on Jakarta and Java island to increase in terms of population density,” Widodo said at a news conference Monday. “Economic disparities between Java and elsewhere would also increase.”

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.  (AP)

FLASHBACK: INDONESIA MULLS MOVING CAPITAL CITY AWAY FROM JAKARTA

The president said the decision was made not to move the capital elsewhere on Java Island because the country’s wealth and people are highly concentrated there and should be more spread out.

Currently, 54 percent of the country’s nearly 270 million people live on Java, the country’s most densely populated area.

Borneo island is the largest in the region and is at the center of the archipelago nation. East Kalimantan was once almost completely covered by rainforests, but illegal logging has removed much of its original growth. It is home to only 3.5 million people and is surrounded by the Kutai National Park, known for orangutans and other primates and mammals.

Meanwhile, Jakarta is an archetypical Asian mega-city with more than 30 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is prone to earthquakes and flooding and is rapidly sinking due to uncontrolled extraction of groundwater.

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Indonesia’s decades-long discussion about building a new capital has inched forward after President Joko Widodo approved a long-term plan for the government to abandon overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

East Kalimantan has a relatively complete infrastructure because it is near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, Widodo said.

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He said the studies determined that the best site is between two districts, North Penajam Paser, and Kutai Kertanegara, an area that has minimal risk of disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, volcanic eruptions or landslides in the seismically active nation.

Officials said the relocation of the capital will take at least a decade and cost as much as 466 trillion rupiah ($32.5 billion), of which 19 percent will come from the state budget and the rest will be funded by cooperation between the government and business entities and by direct investment by state-run companies and the private sector.

The idea of relocating the capital away from Jakarta has been proposed for decades.

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Indonesia’s founding father and first president, Sukarno, once planned to relocate the capital to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan province. Plans moved forward in April when Widodo approved a general relocation plan.

He said Monday that his government is still drafting a law on the new capital city that will need to be approved by Parliament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Winter to feature ‘Polar Coaster’ mix of frigid temperatures, snow: Farmers’ Almanac

Enjoy the last days of summer, because a wild ride apparently is in store this winter.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that “bitterly cold winter conditions” will be in place from areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians, with the coldest outbreak of the season arriving during the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February.

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” editor Peter Geiger said in a statement on the company’s website.

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The Farmer’s Almanac said that this upcoming winter will be “filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a ‘Polar Coaster.'”

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The winter forecast from The Farmers’ Almanac. (The Farmers’ Almanac)

Included in this year’s outlook is the prediction of free-falling, frigid temperatures from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The big cities in the Northeast are may also experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter.

“Only the western third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures, which means fewer shivers for them,” the publication notes.

Besides the chilly temperatures, the eastern third of the country is expected to see above-normal winter precipitation.

“With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet — especially along the coast,” according to the Farmers Almanac.

The publication claims that 2020 will get off to a busy start in the eastern half of the country as “copious amounts” of snow, rain, sleet and ice may fall in the time frame between Jan. 4 – Jan. 7 and Jan. 12- Jan. 15, along with “strong and gusty winds.”

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“And for those who live northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes, watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January,” the publication notes.

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The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that “bitterly cold winter conditions” will be in place from areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians, with the coldest outbreak of the season arriving during the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February. (iStock)

In other parts of the country, the winter may not be as wild.

The Pacific Northwest and Southwest are expected to be chilly but see near-normal precipitation.

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That active winter will, according to the publication, cause a slow start to spring as winter lingers across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England.

The Farmers’ Almanac says it bases its long-range forecast “on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818.”

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Satellite imagery of Amazon rainforest fire shows massive carbon monoxide pollution plume

As the Amazon rainforest burns at an unprecedented pace, new satellite imagery from NASA shows an enormous cloud of poisonous carbon monoxide rising from the devastation.

Taken from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, aboard the Aqua satellite, the images show the cloud evolving between Aug. 8 and Aug. 22. It starts first over Brazil, where the majority of the rainforest is located, and ultimately spreads to most of the northern part of South America.

“A pollutant that can travel large distances, carbon monoxide can persist in the atmosphere for about a month,” NASA wrote on its website. “At the high altitude mapped in these images, the gas has little effect on the air we breathe; however, strong winds can carry it downward to where it can significantly impact air quality. Carbon monoxide plays a role in both air pollution and climate change.”

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This time series shows carbon monoxide associated with fires from the Amazon region in Brazil from Aug. 8-22, 2019. Made with data collected from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, the images map carbon monoxide at approximately 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) altitude. Each “day” in the series is made by averaging three day’s-worth of measurements. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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The vast specter changes colors, going from green to yellow to red, which represents a rather large increase in carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. NASA said that green indicates concentrations of approximately 100 parts per billion by volume (ppbv), while yellow is indicative of 120 ppbv.

Dark red is representative of 160 ppbv, but “[]local values can be significantly higher,” NASA added.

100 ppbv is considered normal for the atmosphere according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely harmful to humans and can often result in death. According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are “headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.”

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A tree stump glows with fire amid smoke along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil’s Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony.” (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The CDC adds that these symptoms “are often described as ‘flu-like’ and if a person breathes a lot of the poisonous gas, it can cause them to pass out or even die.

Last week, NASA satellites were able to capture the smoke from the rampant wildfires in space. Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, recently declared a state of emergency over the forest fires, according to Euro News.

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The country’s National Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has recorded that the number of fires has risen by 85 percent to more than 77,000 in the last year, a record since the institute began keeping track in 2013. About half of the fires have been in the Amazon region, with many in just the past month.

At a summit in France, the Group of Seven nations pledged $20 million on Monday to help fight the flames in the Amazon and protect the rainforest, in addition to a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada.

The international pledges came despite tensions between European countries and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony” and suggested the West is angling to exploit Brazil’s natural resources.

But the funds, which are widely seen as critical support, are still a relatively meager amount for dealing with an environmental crisis that threatens what French President Emmanuel Macron has called “the lungs of the planet.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dutch doctor on trial as landmark euthanasia case involving dementia sufferer, 74, opens

A landmark euthanasia trial opened in the Netherlands Monday seeking to pinpoint what to do with dementia patients who have previously stated their wish to die under certain circumstances but later might have second thoughts.

The court case centers on a 74-year-old woman who was given fatal doses of drugs three years ago despite some indications she might have changed her mind. The doctor in the case is accused of making insufficient efforts to find out whether the patient still wanted to die.

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She is charged with breaching the euthanasia law and, if the judge rules the request of the patient was insufficient, that charge could in theory become murder. But the prosecution is not seeking any penal sentence against the doctor and does not question her good faith. Instead, the prosecution centers its case on setting out a better legal framework for the future.

“We think the doctor has not acted carefully enough and thus passed a threshold. But at the same time, we also say that this threshold is not very clear,” said public prosecution spokeswoman Marilyn Fikenscher, underscoring the arguments that the doctor acted with good intentions.

“She does not need to be punished,” Fikenscher said. The daughter of the patient who died also strongly defended the doctor.

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The case centers on a 74-year-old woman who was given fatal doses of drugs three years ago despite some indications she might have changed her mind. The trial opens in The Hague, Netherlands, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP)

It is the first such case since the 2002 legalization of euthanasia in a nation that has long been a trailblazer in the intentional ending of a life if suffering becomes overwhelming. The Netherlands’ 2002 euthanasia law decriminalized the practice if it is carried out by a physician who adheres to strict conditions.

Officials began probing the case last September, when they found the doctor had added a tranquilizer to the patient’s coffee and then had family members hold her down while delivering the fatal injection of drugs.

During Monday’s opening session, the doctor, now retired, said she was fulfilling the patient’s written euthanasia request from 2012. By the time she died, the woman suffered from “deep dementia,” the doctor said, a condition in which brain functions such as analytical thought, abstract reasoning and planning are quickly ravaged.

The doctor testified that because the patient was not mentally competent, nothing the woman said around the time of her death was enough to invalidate the written statement. She said the patient could no longer fathom the meaning of such concepts as euthanasia and dementia.

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The landmark euthanasia trial seeks to pinpoint what to do with dementia patients who have previously stated their wish to die under certain circumstances but later might have second thoughts. (AP)

But Dutch prosecutors argued that the patient’s written request was unclear and contradictory. In 2012, upon learning of the onset of her Alzheimer’s disease, she filed a euthanasia declaration that said she “certainly did not want to be placed in an institution for demented elderly.”

“I want a humane farewell for my loved ones,” the patient wrote. She later added to the declaration that she wanted euthanasia to take place “when I, myself, consider the time ripe.”

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The Netherlands is one of five countries that allow doctors to kill patients at their request, and one of two, along with Belgium, that grant the procedure for people with mental illness.

Euthanasia involves doctors actively killing patients with an injection of drugs but in assisted dying, patients are provided with a lethal solution that they must drink themselves.

For those with late-stage dementia, euthanasia is still possible if the person made a written demand specifying the conditions under which they want to be killed and if other criteria are met, namely if the doctor agrees the patient is suffering unbearably with no prospect of improvement.

After Monday’s session the case is due to resume for a day on Wednesday and the outcome of the trial is set to be announced in two weeks’ time.

Dutch prosecutors are also examining two other criminal investigations into doctors who performed euthanasia in questionable circumstances; another two cases were recently dropped.

Steven Pleiter, Member of the Board of the Levenseinde Kliniek end-of-life hospital, said the case should not give the impression that the Netherlands takes such life-and-death issues too lightly.

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“This is the first case that (has happened) in about 50,000 cases of euthanasia, and so there is a very careful practice in the Netherlands,” Pleiter said.

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2019 Video Music Awards: Here’s what viewers didn’t see on TV

While viewers watching from home had their eyes peeled on the 2019 Video Music Awards’ stage Monday evening, Fox News was getting the behind-the-scenes scoop from inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

From which stars were rubbing elbows with each other to extra cute moments between celebrity couples, here’s what you didn’t see on TV.

1. Dancing queens

While Taylor Swift opened the show, friends Camila Cabello, Gigi and Bella Hadid all stood up to dance.

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Taylor Swift performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

2. Supportive pals

Queen Latifah was spotted chatting it up with the 29-year-old pop star when she returned from her performance.

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Swift was super popular at the VMAs! Bebe Rexha also went up to the “Lover” songstress to hug her and grab a photo.

3. Young and in love

When returning to their seats, Shawn Mendes adorably carried girlfriend Camila’s dress.

4. Sweet support

After the Jonas Brothers won their award for Best Pop Video, Joe’s wife, Sophie Turner, and Kevin’s wife, Danielle Jonas, had a cute hugging moment.

5. Sophie’s moment

Sophie also cheered extra loud and got up to applaud the “Sopranos” cast when they presented the Jonas Brothers with the honor.

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6. Oops!

French Montana appeared to accidentally ditch Alison Brie after the two presented the award for Best Latin Video. The rapper went back to his seat but was told to go back by production.

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7. Snapping selfies

Diplo, rocking a white cowboy hat and matching suit, was living his best life at the show! He was seen bouncing around from seat to seat and snapping selfies.

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Catalina Lauf takes aim at AOC with ‘Latina by heart, American first’ congressional run

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Catalina Lauf, a 26-year-old former Trump administration adviser and Latina running for Congress in Illinois, doesn’t explicitly bill herself as the Republican counterweight to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Lauf’s nascent congressional bid is already attracting national media attention, not only because of comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez, but also because she has become one of a small number of prominent Republican Latinas to defend President Trump’s immigration policies.

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Swinney: No. 1 Clemson to play several new faces on D-line

Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year’s national championship squad is so tight “we don’t know who’s going to run out there first.”

Swinney will have to figure it out soon since No. 1 Clemson opens defense of its title Thursday night at home against Georgia Tech. Two starters are listed at three of the four defensive line positions on the team’s opening depth chart with only senior Nyles Pinckney locked into place at defensive tackle.

Jordan Williams, a third-year sophomore, had carried the other starting tackle spot into fall camp, but has been pressured by Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound freshman who arrived in January. Both end positions are in flux, too, with junior Justin Foster and sophomores Xavier Thomas and Logan Rudolph battling for the two starting spots.

“We’ve still got a couple of more days of practice and meetings,” Swinney said. “I do know this. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just like a big, ole pack.”

Clemson didn’t have such problems the past few years with ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence controlling the middle as the Tigers’ defense gave up only 13.1 points a game, the fewest total in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Ferrell and Wilkins, both All-Americans, and Bryant chose to return for their senior seasons and join Lawrence for one more chance at a national championship, which they helped the Tigers accomplish last fall.

Since the victory parade in January, much focus at Clemson has been on whether Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables had groomed to take over after those rock-solid players had gone.

“It’s definitely different,” said Clemson center Sean Pollard who for several seasons had been pounded in practice by last season’s defensive veterans.

Rudolph, the younger brother of ex-Oklahoma State and current Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, played 141 snaps over 14 games a year ago. Rudolph has brought an intensity, Swinney said, to his offseason practices and work habits that moved him to the top.

Thomas is a quick, 6-2, 265-pound player who came into the program last year as the country’s top defensive end prospect. Thomas had several big moments a backup a year ago, including a crowd-pleasing blind-side sack of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in the final moments to lock up Clemson’s 27-23 victory. But Swinney said Thomas must develop the consistency to do it every down.

Thomas is “a special talent,” Swinney said. “But he’s got to be a down in, down out special player, not just a special talent.”

Rudolph believes he’s done more than enough to earn a starting spot and is confident Clemson’s line will be just as salty and strong this season.

“I think me and whoever they want to put out there would be great,” he said with a smile.

First-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins isn’t concerned about Clemson’s position battles. He’s got his hands full changing the Yellow Jackets approach on offense and defense. Collins said he’s also run his players through pre-game practices, all the way to their meal before they play.

“We want to be make sure that we’ve already done all of those things so that regardless of what environment we step into, we have a process and we have a way to do things,” Collins said.

For Swinney, last year’s defensive group was also the Tigers conscience, taking care of issues on their own that might’ve split apart other programs. It was Wilkins who took then new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out to breakfast a few days after popular veteran Kelly Bryant left the team after Lawrence was elevated to starter.

When a problem got to Swinney, the coach said Wilkins, Ferrell and senior linebacker Kendall Joseph were among the veterans who quickly stepped up to tell Swinney they’d take care of things.

“We don’t have any alpha dogs up front,” Swinney said. “But it’s coming.”

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Swinney: No. 1 Clemson to play several new faces on D-line

Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year’s national championship squad is so tight “we don’t know who’s going to run out there first.”

Swinney will have to figure it out soon since No. 1 Clemson opens defense of its title Thursday night at home against Georgia Tech. Two starters are listed at three of the four defensive line positions on the team’s opening depth chart with only senior Nyles Pinckney locked into place at defensive tackle.

Jordan Williams, a third-year sophomore, had carried the other starting tackle spot into fall camp, but has been pressured by Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound freshman who arrived in January. Both end positions are in flux, too, with junior Justin Foster and sophomores Xavier Thomas and Logan Rudolph battling for the two starting spots.

“We’ve still got a couple of more days of practice and meetings,” Swinney said. “I do know this. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just like a big, ole pack.”

Clemson didn’t have such problems the past few years with ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence controlling the middle as the Tigers’ defense gave up only 13.1 points a game, the fewest total in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Ferrell and Wilkins, both All-Americans, and Bryant chose to return for their senior seasons and join Lawrence for one more chance at a national championship, which they helped the Tigers accomplish last fall.

Since the victory parade in January, much focus at Clemson has been on whether Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables had groomed to take over after those rock-solid players had gone.

“It’s definitely different,” said Clemson center Sean Pollard who for several seasons had been pounded in practice by last season’s defensive veterans.

Rudolph, the younger brother of ex-Oklahoma State and current Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, played 141 snaps over 14 games a year ago. Rudolph has brought an intensity, Swinney said, to his offseason practices and work habits that moved him to the top.

Thomas is a quick, 6-2, 265-pound player who came into the program last year as the country’s top defensive end prospect. Thomas had several big moments a backup a year ago, including a crowd-pleasing blind-side sack of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in the final moments to lock up Clemson’s 27-23 victory. But Swinney said Thomas must develop the consistency to do it every down.

Thomas is “a special talent,” Swinney said. “But he’s got to be a down in, down out special player, not just a special talent.”

Rudolph believes he’s done more than enough to earn a starting spot and is confident Clemson’s line will be just as salty and strong this season.

“I think me and whoever they want to put out there would be great,” he said with a smile.

First-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins isn’t concerned about Clemson’s position battles. He’s got his hands full changing the Yellow Jackets approach on offense and defense. Collins said he’s also run his players through pre-game practices, all the way to their meal before they play.

“We want to be make sure that we’ve already done all of those things so that regardless of what environment we step into, we have a process and we have a way to do things,” Collins said.

For Swinney, last year’s defensive group was also the Tigers conscience, taking care of issues on their own that might’ve split apart other programs. It was Wilkins who took then new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out to breakfast a few days after popular veteran Kelly Bryant left the team after Lawrence was elevated to starter.

When a problem got to Swinney, the coach said Wilkins, Ferrell and senior linebacker Kendall Joseph were among the veterans who quickly stepped up to tell Swinney they’d take care of things.

“We don’t have any alpha dogs up front,” Swinney said. “But it’s coming.”

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