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Winners and losers from Week 8 in college football led by Wisconsin, Oregon

There are worse things than losing to Illinois. You could lose to Kansas, for example. 

This isn’t to say anything positive about No. 6 Wisconsin’s 24-23 upset at Illinois, which maims the Badgers’ hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff, puts a dent in the perception of the Big Ten and removes every ounce of excitement surrounding that matchup with No. 4 Ohio State to end October.

That the Badgers are going to plunge in the next Amway Coaches Poll, issued on Sunday, is a justified reaction to what just occurred: they lost to Illinois. Wisconsin was a 30.5-point favorite. Illinois hadn’t beaten a ranked Big Ten team since 2007, a 28-game stretch that stood as the second-longest such streak in the Bowl Subdivision. (Behind Kansas, of course.)

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Since opening the season with a win at home against Akron, which remains winless, Illinois had dropped games at Memorial Stadium to Eastern Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan. Meanwhile, Wisconsin had pitched four shutouts in the year’s first six games, the first time the program had done so since 1930, and had allowed just 29 points, the fewest by any team through six games since Florida State gave up 29 points in 1993.

The Badgers hadn’t trailed all season — and didn’t trail Illinois until kicker James McCourt made a 39-yard field goal as time expired. (From the perspective of timing, if the game-winning attempt came with zeroes on the clock, did Wisconsin technically lead for the entire game? If so, the Badgers still haven’t trailed through seven games despite holding a loss.)

DESERVED LOSS:No. 6 Wisconsin didn’t play well and Illinois beat them

SCARY SCENE:Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner crashes on field 

BAD MOVE:Clemson player ejected after throwing punch at Louisville player

The loss has the secondary effect of hurting the reputation of the Big Ten, which before this weekend could tout overall depth — there were six Big Ten teams in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll — along with three teams still in contention for the national semifinals, with the Badgers joined by the Buckeyes and Penn State. Not that it would matter in the end: Ohio State won’t be held out of the playoff because Wisconsin lost to Illinois.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Badgers’ only path demands not one but two wins against Ohio State, one in October and the other for the conference championship in early December, along with the predictable sort of chaos that ensues across the Power Five during the year’s second half. It sounds doable, sort of, except that the team that lost to Illinois would have no chance against the Buckeyes.

Here are the rest of Saturday’s winners and losers in college football:

Winners

Oregon

The 35-31 win at No. 23 Washington keeps the No. 12 Ducks very much alive in the playoff hunt: Oregon is now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play, with the one loss coming on a neutral site against No. 11 Auburn. While he struggled against pressure, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert completed 24 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 21 touchdowns against one interception on the season, and showed why he’s viewed as one of top NFL prospects in the country.

STILL ALIVE:Oregon in playoff mix after road defeat of Washington

Virginia

Bronco Mendenhall and the Cavaliers bounced back against Duke and made a case for returning to the Top 25. After dropping consecutive games to Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.), Virginia led 17-0 at halftime and 41-7 at the end of the third quarter in a 48-14 win. It helps to force turnovers: Duke turned it over five times while Virginia had five scoring drives of 40 or fewer yards. It still counts.

Virginia Tech

The Cavaliers’ Commonwealth Cup rival pulled of a 43-41 win against North Carolina in six overtimes, the longest game since the FBS enacted new overtime rules designed to shorten games that go into extra frames. Beginning this season, teams will begin attempting two-point conversions beginning in the fifth overtime. Exciting! Virginia Tech won on backup quarterback Quincy Patterson’s short scoring run in the sixth to move to a surprisingly positive 5-2 after losing early to Boston College and Duke. Painfully, UNC is 3-4 with the four losses coming by a combined 12 points: 24-18 to Wake Forest, 34-31 to Appalachian State, 21-20 to Clemson and 43-41 to the Hokies.

Baylor

Matt Rhule is moving to the front of the line for some end-of-year coaching accolades. Even after losing senior linebacker Clay Johnston, the heart of an improved defense and an All-America candidate, Baylor pulled off a 45-27 win at Oklahoma State to move to 7-0 heading into winnable games against West Virginia and TCU. After winning just one game in his 2017 debut, Rhule has the Bears in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl.

Iowa State

Since losing by a nose to Baylor on Sept. 28, Iowa State has rolled off three convincing Big 12 wins in a row against TCU, West Virginia and, on Saturday, Texas Tech. In doing so, the Cyclones have painted themselves as perhaps the second-best team in the conference, trailing only Oklahoma. The three-game streak, capped by Saturday’s 34-24 win at the Red Raiders, also helps to erase the sour taste of narrow losses to the Bears and rival Iowa.

Penn State

Michigan didn’t play poorly at all, especially with a ball-control offense that was successful in achieving its primary purpose: keeping Penn State’s offense on the sideline. In that respect, running 82 plays was a major win for Michigan, even if those plays averaged about a pretty pedestrian 5.1 yards per snap. Without knowing the result, you’d look at the box score and see the Wolverines with 130 more yards of offense and possession for almost 38 minutes (along with one turnover to Penn State’s none) and assume Jim Harbaugh’s team won, if narrowly.

Instead, the Nittany Lions packed four touchdown drives into just 54 plays and about 22 minutes of possession. It’s easy to imagine the offense scoring 40-plus with more time. Quarterback Sean Clifford threw for three touchdowns, two to terrific wide receiver KJ Hamler, while the running game drew one big play from back Ricky Slade. In all, the defense allowed a season-high 21 points but delivered another win that will boost the Nittany Lions’ postseason stock.

MAKING STOP:No. 7 Penn State beats Michigan with goal line stand

Losers

Miami (Fla.)

Here’s a fun one: Miami lost 28-21 in overtime to Georgia Tech, which earlier this season lost to The Citadel and hadn’t come within 16 points of each of its first three opponents in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets aren’t very good, you see, even if the team’s struggles were expected under first-year coach Geoff Collins. The Hurricanes’ new coach, Manny Diaz, now heads into the home stretch at 3-4 with five games left. Of that group, four come on the road: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Florida International and Duke.

“This is a rebuild,” Diaz said after the loss, which is laughable. The Hurricanes won 10 games just two years ago and were 49-29 across the previous six seasons — not great, but not rebuild-worthy numbers — while the program had inked top-25 recruiting classes in three of the past four years. To call this a rebuild is a desperate and transparent attempt at spinning a season that has spiraled out of control.

Toledo

Meanwhile, in the MAC … Toledo has careened off the tracks in back-to-back losses to Bowling Green and Ball State, quickly transforming the Rockets from conference favorite to one of the more mystifying teams in the FBS. The loss to Bowling Green came as a heavy favorite. Saturday’s loss at Ball State might’ve been worse: Toledo gave up 374 yards rushing on 7.5 yards per carry, allowed 12.1 yards per pass attempt and had just 309 yards of offense in a 52-14 loss.

Missouri

Missouri lost 21-14 to Vanderbilt, which one week ago lost 34-10 at home to UNLV. College football is not supposed to make sense — and it rarely does — but this is particularly strange, given that Missouri had made a quiet case for the Top 25 while the Commodores were supposedly circling the drain under embattled coach Derek Mason

Army

Blessed with soft schedule and fresh off 21 wins across the past two seasons, Army was cited in the preseason as a team capable of climbing from unranked into the Top 25. Instead, the Black Knights are now a disappointing 3-4 after a 28-21 loss to Georgia State. The three wins: Rice (0-7), Texas-San Antonio (3-4) and Morgan State (1-6 in the Football Championship Subdivision). On the other hand, each of the four teams to beat Army have five wins.

Texas

The Longhorns didn’t lose to Kansas, though there’s something generally negative about allowing 569 yards of offense and needing to escape via a last-second field goal to pull out a 50-48 win. I mean, the Jayhawks averaged 6.6 yards per carry. (And boldly went for and converted the two-point conversion to take a 48-47 lead with little over a minute left.) The defense is an obvious issue for Texas, which has given up at least 30 points in each of the past four games and five of the past six. 

Florida State

The takeaway isn’t that Wake Forest beat Florida State — it’s that Wake beat the Seminoles and nobody’s surprised. It’s a statement about the direction of each program, with Wake angling to become the second ranked team in the ACC and FSU again staring at the possibility of missing the postseason. The Demon Deacons’ 22-20 win made me wonder: Scoring 22 points is weird, right? Well, 24 teams, counting Wake, have won by scoring 22 points in a game since 2004. But the Demon Deacons are the only one of that group to get to 22 points the old-fashioned way: with one touchdown and five field goals. 

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Pelosi, other US lawmakers arrive in Jordan for meetings on Syria

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers announced late Saturday U.S. time that they had arrived in Jordan for meetings with King Abdullah II and other officials regarding the situation in Syria.

“Our bipartisan delegation is visiting Jordan at a critical time for the security and stability of the region,” Pelosi said in a statement.  “With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia.”

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The scheduled talks in Jordan come as both Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim the other side is violating terms of a 120-hour cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Turkey on Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Megathread: Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

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Accused of using the presidency to enrich himself, Trump announced a rare backtrack on Twitter on Saturday night stating “based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020.” He says his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”


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Donald Trump pulls his Doral property from consideration for G-7 after bipartisan blowback

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced late Saturday that he will not use his Doral golf resort in Miami for the G-7 summit next year, reversing course after the decision drew swift condemnation from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Trump posted on Twitter shortly before 10 p.m. ET Saturday. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.” 

In announcing the Doral pick just days earlier, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney described the resort as “the best place” to host the leaders of the world’s most industrialized economies. Mulvaney tried to head off criticism about the propriety of using one of the president’s properties, saying it was well suited for the summit.

Republicans expressed relief Saturday. 

Former White House press Secretary Ari Fleischer simply tweeted: “Good call.”

Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, tweeted:

“Wow, the pressure from within the Republican caucus must have been immense for him to so quickly back off.”

Several analysts said the sudden reversal reflects Trump’s concerns about holding Republican support as impeachment heats up.

Tony Schwartz, who ghost wrote Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” tweeted.

“Trump never admits being wrong on anything. Now, after fierce criticism for clear self-dealing, he says he won’t hold G-7 at his own hotel after all. One more sign that he is feeling threatened and running scared.”

Matt Mackowiak, a veteran GOP consultant, said the reason for the backtrack was clear: “Loss of Republican support and he never does anything at cost.”

Mulvaney had initially dismissed Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. President Barack Obama held the meeting there in 2012. 

Where the White House could look next: The other finalists for G-7 were two sites in Utah and one in Hawaii, Mulvaney said Thursday. Mulvaney said the White House advance team surveyed 10 locations, in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

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Democrats swiftly denounced the Doral pick as nothing more than self-dealing that involves the nation’s foreign policy. They pointed out Trump is making the move as his campaign hammers away on the notion that Democratoc rival Joe Biden’s son Hunter profited from his father’s role as vice president during the Obama administration. 

“This is corruption, plain and simple,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., one of the Democratic presidential candidates, tweeted at the time. 

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he would investigate what he called the “most brazen” example of how the president violates the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Trump faces several lawsuits questioning whether foreign leaders staying at his properties is a violation of the clause. 

“He is exploiting his office and making official U.S. government decisions for his personal financial gain,” Nadler said at the time.

Democrats weren’t alone in balking at the move. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told reporters it was not appropriate to use taxpayer dollars at a Trump resort. 

“You have to go out and try to defend him. Well, I don’t know if I can do that!” Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, told the Washington Post. “I have no doubt that Doral is a really good place – I’ve been there, I know. But it is politically insensitive. They should have known what the kickback is going to be on this, that politically he’s doing it for his own benefit.”

The G-7 will take place June 10-12, 2020, less than five months before the U.S. presidential election in which Trump seeks a second term.

The G-7 is a high-profile, annual gathering of leaders from the world’s largest industrialized economies: the United States, Italy, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. The most recent took place in August in the resort town of Biarritz, France. 

Mulvaney initially appeared to dismiss Camp David out of hand.

“I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7,” he said. “It was way too small. It was way too remote. My understanding is this media didn’t like it because you had to drive an hour on a bus to get there either way.”

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After Criticism, Trump to Select New Location for G7

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he would no longer be holding next year’s Group of 7 summit at his luxury golf club near Miami, citing what he said was “irrational” criticism that the choice would enrich his family business.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday, before again promoting the resort’s amenities. “But, as usual, the hostile media & Democrat partners went CRAZY!”

Mr. Trump added: “Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020.”

Mr. Trump also said that White House officials would begin searching for another site, adding that Camp David, where the United States last hosted the meeting, would be a possibility.

Mr. Trump came under heavy criticism for essentially awarding himself a contract for a major diplomatic event, and drew the ire of ethics lawyers and Democrats who said the choice could violate the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which forbids accepting gifts and funding from foreign governments.

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Caving To Pressure, Trump Cans Plans To Hold G-7 At Trump Doral

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President Donald Trump late Saturday backed down from his decision to use his own for-profit golf course near the Miami airport for next year’s G-7 meeting, a move that would have put tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into his own cash registers.


Trump announced his decision not to use Trump National Doral in a string of tweets, blaming the news media and Democrats.


“As usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!” Trump wrote.

Trump said the meeting would be held somewhere else, possibly Camp David.
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Lost hiker rescued in Oregon snowstorm: ‘I wouldn’t have survived another night’

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DETROIT, Ore. – Robb Campbell wasn’t sure his 911 call worked.

Lost in a fierce snowstorm and wandering 7 miles from where he was supposed to be hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon, he made a desperate call for help.

But the call dropped part-way through, and he was knee-deep in fresh snow with no idea whether anyone was coming.

Without food, his gear soaked and fighting blizzard-like conditions, the veteran backpacker knew that if he didn’t find someone, he wasn’t going to last long.

“You just know, if anything happens, I’m dead,” Campbell told the Statesman Journal Saturday. “No one’s going to find me until Spring.”

Lost since Thursday, his best break came Friday when he found temporary shelter inside a pit toilet at Breitenbush Lake.

Not long after that, Marion County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue deputies Mark Knospe and Mark Ferran found Campbell at about 2:30 p.m. after spotting and tracking his fresh foot prints.

The All-Seasons Motel in Detroit gave the 50-year-old from the East Coast a complimentary room Friday night and he will pay to stay there the next two nights while he recovers from his ordeal, including frostbite to his feet.

“You count your blessings,” Campbell said. “You thank your lucky stars. Not to be overly dramatic, because people have been through much worse, I’m sure. But I wouldn’t have survived another night. I’m convinced of that.”

A later-life hiker

Campbell was born outside Philadelphia, went to school in Georgia and worked in Atlanta as a teacher and for a hedge fund for about 30 years.

He said he was fired from a job three years ago, and in 2018 put all of his possessions into storage and hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine over a 10 month period.

What he found on that trek was greater than he expected.

People he met “would have given me the shirt off their back, and that’s the community,” he said.

After an unsuccessful job search, he decided in May to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail, starting at the Mexico border and heading north.

He was in Ridgecrest, California, when a 6.4 earthquake hit, and he experienced the best of people as he received generosity from strangers while thousands of miles from home.

The trail, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, was designated a National Trail in 1968, but not officially completed until 1993. It runs from Mexico to Canada over 2,650 miles, including the length of Oregon.

Perhaps the most notable person to hike the trail was Cheryl Strayed, who wrote a book, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” about her experience. Later it was turned into the Reese Witherspoon movie “Wild.”

Weather surprises him

Campbell reached the 2,000-mile trail marker last weekend and recognized one of the most difficult stretches of the Pacific Crest Trail – an ascent to 6,800 feet – laid ahead, but the weather forecast looked promising, so he trekked forward.

“Mother nature can be fickle at times,” Campbell said.

On Tuesday, it rained heavily and he was soon drenched. On Wednesday, the snow followed and chilled him to the bone. He tried following the Pacific Crest Trail up the ascent to the steepest point, but he got lost in a whiteout and ended up hiking 7 miles off the trail.

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When he recognized his dilemma Thursday, he made his call to 911 but had no idea the 911 operator triangulated his location with a satellite.

Then he stepped in a crack between boulders and to free his foot had to dig down, remove his shoe, pull his leg out and then his shoe.

“You can’t be feeling sorry for yourself,” Campbell said. “Now is the time to grab you by your bootstraps. What really had me worried, though, was I was out of food for two days. I was really worried about losing the energy. That’s why I didn’t want to waste time.”

Using an app on his phone that he had been using to navigate the trail, he headed toward Breitenbush Lake. When he arrived, it was blanketed in snow – the only signs of life were the tire tracks of a truck.

It turned out, that truck was Ferran and Knospe, and they passed by in their search for him.

After his rescue, Campbell was checked over by a paramedic and told he had severe frostbite on one foot, but was otherwise fine after he warmed up. Afterward, he ate some lasagna.

Deaths on the Pacific Crest Trail

Dozens of people have died while hiking the trail.

A man from Germany died in August while hiking in Washington after being hit by a tree.

The number of deaths along the trail has not been documented, but at least 17 deaths have been recorded, including from falling, being hit by a car, heat stroke, drowning and suicide.

Even after the ordeal, Campbell isn’t going to stop.

He plans to hike the rest of the way to Canada, though he will be more delicate in his planning the rest of the way.

“It scares me that if I was to quit, I would never come back to finish it,” he said.

And after that, he wants to work for a time, then go hike the Camino Trail in Spain.

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Trump scraps plans to host 2020 G7 summit at Doral resort amid Dem uproar

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President Trump announced Saturday night that his administration would no longer consider his personal resort in Doral, Florida to host the 2020 G7 summit in Miami, and suggested he might consider Camp David.

“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” the president tweeted. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”

The announcement followed earlier tweets in which he said he thought he “was doing something very good for our Country” by hosting world leaders at his Florida resort next year.

“It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building,” he tweeted.

He followed up by saying that he had offered to host the summit at no profit to himself to avoid concerns about “emoluments violations.” He said that if it were legally permissible, he’d offered to host the summit at no cost to the U.S. Democratic lawmakers claimed Friday that past G7 summits have cost “upwards of $40 million.”

“But, as usual, the hostile media and their Democrat partners went crazy!” Trump sounded off.

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday that next year’s G7 meeting will be held at Trump National Doral Golf Club between June 10 and 12, after months of speculation.

“The president has made it clear that he doesn’t profit from being here,” Mulvaney said during the briefing. “The resort is doing it at cost…it’s much cheaper to do it at Doral than at other sites [that were being considered.]” Mulvaney said the decision will save taxpayers millions because the resort will provide its services at cost.

“The Trump family made their money before they went into politics,” Mulvaney added later to assuage any accusations the president might be profiting from his office.

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Trump first made the suggestion to have the 2020 G7 at his Doral resort in August at the 2019 summit in France, sparking controversy over the ethics of a president profiting off an official government event.

One day after Mulvaney’s announcement, a trio of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to block the president from hosting next year’s summit.

Reps. Lois Frankel from Florida, Bennie Thompson from Mississippi and Steve Cohen from Tennessee proposed the Trump’s Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act. A companion bill sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will be introduced in the Senate, according to lawmakers.

The House bill would prohibit funding for the three-day summit in June. It would also require Trump to submit to Congress documents related to the decision to host the summit at Doral, lawmakers said.

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Speculation of an emoluments violation rose another time in September after news broke that a number of Air Force flight crews had stayed at a Scottish resort owned by Trump between 2015 and 2019. An Air Force review revealed 18 percent of aircrew who stopped over in Scotland stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort between those years, and Trump said he had no knowledge of the crews’ stays.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Mike Posner completes 3,000 mile trek across America: ‘Don’t really know how to describe’

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Mike Posner has officially completed his closely-watched 3,000-mile walk across America.

The singer-songwriter started in Asbury Park, New Jersey six months ago in April and finished in Venice Beach, California on Friday.

“My name is Mike Posner and I walked across America,” Posner said on Twitter, as he stood at the shore of the Pacific Ocean. “Keep Going.”

“Just coming towards the end of my journey here, which is really just the beginning. It’s a feeling I don’t really know how to describe,” Posner posted to Facebook.

According to the “Cooler Than Me” singer’s  “Walk Across America” website, his mission was simply to enjoy his life and help others enjoy theirs — and to “help others experience transcendence.”

His goals included to “leave each town we go through a little bit better than when we arrived,” to “practice deep listening,” to “love everybody,” to “sing for people,” and to enjoy the journey. He invited others to join in portions of his journey.

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Posner’s trek was no walk in the park, however. In August, he was bitten by a rattlesnake and had to be airlifted to a Colorado hospital.

“Whatup doe!!! Crazy day yesterday!” the 31-year-old post to Instagram. “I had just crushed 16 miles and was going for 8 more when I got bit by a baby rattlesnake! That venom is no joke! I got to the hospital and got the anti-venom in time. Shout outs to G and Mike from the chopper team and Bo and Cassie and Whitney (my nurses).”

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Fans avidly followed Posner’s “Walk Across America” through his frequent social media postings.

On October 9, Posner released a 16-track mixtape titled “Keep Going,” which was his mantra for the journey. Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Logic were featured on the tape.

Posner told Billboard the walk was something he’d wanted to do for years. After the death of his father in 2017 and good friend Avicii the following year, he decided to cross it off his bucket list.

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“I feel everyone has a list of things they’d like to do in life and then a list of things they have to do,” Posner said. “After (the deaths) I realized I couldn’t wait to do these things I had to do on that list. I’d been putting (the walk) off for years and years and years. The time is now.”

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Barcelona mayor pleads for violence in Catalonia to stop amid pro-independence protests

The mayor of Barcelona appealed to his city to disband protests on the fifth consecutive night, as Catalan separatists continued to clash with police over the country’s Supreme Court decision handing down heavy prison sentences for nine of the independence campaign’s organizers.

“This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it,” Mayor Ada Colau told reporters, adding that Friday protests — which also drew over a half a million pro-independence supporters to Spain’s capital, Madrid— was the most violent.

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Protestors stand by a burning barricade in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Radical separatists have clashed with police each night in Barcelona and other Catalan cities following huge peaceful protests of people angered by Monday’s Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

More than 500 people have been reported injured over the five days of demonstrations– 18 remain hospitalized with serious injuries– and nearly 150 have been arrested, but police have not been able to quell the violence. Rioters burned hundreds of trash bins and hurled gasoline bombs, chunks of pavement, acid, and firecrackers, among other objects, at police. They have used nails to puncture the tires of police vans and fireworks to hit one police helicopter, but no serious damage was reported.

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Pro-independence supporters scuffle with rioters trying to set up barricades on the street near a pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Radical separatists have clashed with police each night in Barcelona and other Catalan cities following huge peaceful protests of people angered by Monday’s Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Catalonia’s regional police and Spain’s national police fought back using batons, rubber and foam bullets, tear gas and water cannons. At least 101 police officers were injured in Friday’s riots alone, and 264 police vehicles have been damaged throughout the week, according to Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

“The images of organized violence during the night in Barcelona have overshadowed the half a million people who demonstrated in a peaceful and civic manner to show they rejected the verdict,” Catalan interior chief Miquel Buch, who oversees the regional police said.

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Minister Grande-Marlaska asked Catalonia’s regional president to explicitly condemn the escalating violence and express his support for law enforcement officials.

“We have gone five days in which there has not been a firm condemnation of violence” by Catalan leader Quim Torra, Grande-Marlaska said.

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The violence was spurred on the nearly two year anniversary of the upsurge against police as Catalonian separatists attempted to go to the polls and vote in a referendum on whether or not to secede from Spain. On Monday, nine of the 12 outspoken advocates for succession that were sentenced were given jail time of 13 to nine years behind bars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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