Gators coach Dan Mullen has become Donald Trump of college football

On this Election Day, Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen has become like one of those frustrating, filibustering politicians who says and does inexplicable things that make you question his honesty and judgment.

He’s like President Donald Trump saying we’ve “turned the corner” on the pandemic when really we haven’t. He’s like Joe Biden saying he was once arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela when really he wasn’t.

The latest Mullen misstep came Saturday night at the end of the first half of a resounding 41-17 victory over Missouri. After Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was hit late after he released a Hail Mary, officials mistakenly did not throw a flag and an enraged Mullen charged across the field toward the Missouri sideline to scream at officials. Mullen (not wearing a face mask, by the way) had to be held back by coaches and law enforcement, escalating a situation that turned into a melee, with multiple players from both teams exchanging blows.

To make matters worse, Mullen actually had the audacity to say that he didn’t think his actions were inappropriate. Fittingly dressed in a Darth Vader costume at his postgame Halloween night news conference, Mullen told reporters, “I was trying to get our players off the field to make sure we didn’t have issues and have a whole bunch of guys suspended.”

Uh, Dan, I don’t know if you realize this, but the game was on television and there were actually cameras recording you and video showing you losing your mind. Why are you simply making up a story that is obviously untrue? It would have been much more acceptable if you had just simply said, “I got emotional and lost my cool momentarily after seeing our quarterback get hit with a cheap shot. I need to do a better job of keeping my composure.”

Mullen got off easy Monday when SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey reprimanded him and fined him a scant $25,000 — the same amount Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin was fined recently for simply retweeting a critical comment about SEC officials. What Mullen did was much worse and should have merited a much heavier fine; if not a suspension. Of course, with the monumental Florida-Georgia game coming up this weekend, the SEC simply didn’t have the stomach to issue a suspension of UF’s head coach.

Said Mullen in a statement released by the team on Monday: “I respect the decision from the conference office. As the head coach, it is my responsibility to diffuse these types of situations, and I didn’t live up to that standard.”

Why couldn’t Mullen have come out with that statement after the game on Saturday instead of acting as if he did nothing wrong? This is just another recent blunder for Mullen, who has been an excellent football coach for the Gators, but he is quickly turning into a PR nightmare.

This isn’t the first time Mullen has had to backtrack after saying or doing something stupid in recent

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University of Chicago Medicine looking for 2,000 participants for COVID-19 vaccine trial

University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.

Medical assistant Debbie Turrise assists patients driving thru with self administered COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.

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Medical assistant Debbie Turrise assists patients driving thru with self administered COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. University of Chicago Medicine will soon begin testing another potential COVID-19 vaccine, and is looking for up to 2,000 people to enroll in the phase three clinical trial.

The trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single dose of a vaccine produced by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The trial began enrolling 60,000 adults across the world in September.

It’s one of a handful of potential vaccines now in advanced clinical trials in the U.S.

The international trial of the Janssen vaccine was temporarily paused in October after one participant developed an unexplained illness.

“Such pauses are not uncommon in vaccine trials, and late last week the FDA approved the resumption of the trial after an independent committee found the vaccine did not cause the illness,” University of Chicago Medicine leaders wrote in an email sent Monday to faculty, staff and students.

This is the second COVID-19 vaccine trial University of Chicago Medicine has offered. Since mid-September, the system has also been enrolling subjects in the Moderna COVE trial.

To participate in the Janssen trial and future research, people can join UChicago Medicine’s registry.

Other large hospital systems in Chicago are also participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is part of the Moderna trial, and Northwestern Medicine, which is part of a trial of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine.


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A CFP is an advisor armed with extensive education and ethical standards to help you manage your money

a person standing in front of a window: Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) must have considerable financial expertise, both academic and practical, and agree to always put clients' interests before their own. baona/Getty Images

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Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) must have considerable financial expertise, both academic and practical, and agree to always put clients’ interests before their own. baona/Getty Images

  • A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is a trade-industry designation for advisors and other professionals in the financial field. 
  • To gain the CFP credential, planners must have a certain amount of experience, pass a rigorous exam, and commit to ongoing financial education.
  • While not a legal license, the CFP indicates that a planner will bring a higher level of financial expertise and ethical behavior to their advice and management of a client’s finances and investments.
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When you’re seeking advice on money matters, navigating the waters of wealth managers, financial planners, and other advisors can be downright confusing. Who should you trust in a field that’s largely unregulated, but chock full of professionals with an alphabet soup of initials after their names? 


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“CFP,” which stands for Certified Financial Planner, is one of the most common and respected types of financial advisor you’ll come across. Generally speaking, individuals designated as CFPs hold some of the strictest certifications for financial planning, as established by the CFP Board, the nonprofit trade organization that aims to set the bar for trust, ethics, and expertise within the financial planning industry. 

The CFP Board believes that “every single American deserves competent and ethical financial advice from qualified professionals who are required to act as fiduciaries,” says CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller, adding that the organization’s role is “to set and uphold the Certified Financial Planner certification for more than 87,000 professionals in the United States. We exist, in part, to set standards that go further than the minimum requirements of the law, for the benefit of the public and the profession.”

Wondering if hiring a CFP is right for you? Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)?

First, it’s important to understand what a CFP is not. Unlike the CPA (certified public accountant), the CFP is not a state-sanctioned license to practice. Nor does it indicate registration with a federal or federal-sanctioned agency, like the SEC or FINRA, which oversees stockbrokers. 

Instead, the CFP is a professional credential set and enforced by the CFP Board. It offers those in the financial industry the opportunity to develop their skills, specialize, and continue their education to earn and maintain a prestigious designation.

It’s also important to understand the difference between the general term “financial planner” and the Certified Financial Planner designation. Anyone can hang out a shingle and call themselves a financial planner, but it takes a lot of time and effort to become a CFP.

How to become a CFP

Earning a CFP begins with education. Candidates must have a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university. 

They’ll also complete additional CFP Board-approved coursework for certification at one of 200 educational institutions. These classes span 72 financial

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Trump creates 1776 Commission to promote ‘patriotic education’

President Donald Trump on Monday created a “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education” and counter lessons that he says divide Americans on race and slavery and teach students to “hate their own country.”

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On the eve of Election Day, Trump directed the commission’s creation, via executive order, to “better enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect Union.”

The order follows Trump’s recent attacks on critical race theory and the 1619 Project, directed by The New York Times Magazine, which revisits the country’s history with a focus on slavery and Black Americans’ contributions.

Racial justice issues have been at the center of this election following protests this summer and fall over the police killings of Black men and women. Trump has repeatedly lashed out at protesters, positioning himself as the “law and order” candidate.

His order blasts historical accounts that he says have “vilified” the nation’s founders.

“This radicalized view of American history lacks perspective, obscures virtues, twists motives, ignores or distorts facts, and magnifies flaws, resulting in the truth being concealed and history disfigured,” the order states. “Failing to identify, challenge, and correct this distorted perspective could fray and ultimately erase the bonds that knit our country and culture together.”

He blames “one-sided and divisive accounts” on race for failing to recognize the country’s “successful effort to shake off the curse of slavery and to use the lessons of that struggle to guide our work toward equal rights for all citizens in the present.”

The commission’s 20 members will be appointed by the president and serve for a term of two years. Ex-officio members will include the secretaries of State, Defense, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, and Education, along with assistants to the president for domestic policy and for intergovernmental affairs.

The order acknowledges that the federal government’s role is to preserve state and local control over instructional programs.

The commission is tasked with writing a report on the “core principles of the American founding and how these principles may be understood to further enjoyment of ‘the blessings of liberty’ and to promote our striving ‘to form a more perfect Union.’”

They must also help ensure patriotic education is offered to the public at national parks, battlefields, monuments, museums, installations, landmarks, cemeteries and other places that are significant to the Revolution and country’s founding. Agencies will be told to prioritize “the American Founding” in federal grants and initiatives.

Funding will be provided through the Department of Education and subject to the availability of appropriations. Members will serve without compensation.

The order also calls on agencies to prioritize federal resources to promote patriotic education, including the Department of State through its Fulbright scholars program.

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Montgomery County Board of Education 2020 candidates

Early voting in Maryland ends today.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — As we approach Election Day, Montgomery County residents will have the chance to vote on the next leaders to run their county’s school system.

During these unprecedented times of the pandemic, the future of the school system means more now than ever. In recent months, the county has trailed behind the rest of the state of Maryland and has been reluctant to move forward due to the number of COVID-19 cases. This has affected the county’s economy and the school system.

RELATED: Montgomery County Public Schools holding back on fall sports, despite Gov. Hogan giving it the green light

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) prides itself on putting members of their school community first to ensure overall success. The largely diverse school system serves over 165,000 students across over 200 schools countywide. It currently employs over 24,000 people who have contributed to the success of 88.4% graduation rate for students, according to the MCPS website.

Board of Education: At-Large

Dasgupta has taught political science as well as served as the Director of the Political Science Program for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.


Harris is a nurse, attorney and public health professional. She received her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Board of Education: District 2

Fryar has more than 30 years of experience working in education. He has served as a classroom teacher, a social worker and an attorney. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar Association to provide pro-bono legal services through the Montgomery County Bar Pro Bono Program and also volunteers through the Washington Council of Lawyers.


Rebecca Smondrowski (Incumbent)

Smondrowski was first elected to this office in 2016. She also serves as chair of the Board’s Committee on Special Populations and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she serves as the Ex-officio to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Previously, she was a legislative aide for Maryland State Senator Roger Manno and has been a local and county PTA leader.


Board of Education: District 4

Shebra Evans (Incumbent)

Evans is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), Chair of the MABE Equity Ad Hoc Committee and serves on the Policies and Procedures Committee. She has also volunteered with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) as a Co-leader of the African American Student Achievement Action Group.


Solomon is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County who has had a career in radio as a producer and talk show host. He has volunteered for various Montgomery County boards, committees, nonprofits, and political campaigns.


Early voting in Maryland started on Oct. 26 and ends Nov. 2. 

You can vote at any early voting center in Montgomery County.

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Police look to identify two people in video from hotel where 7 people were shot near University of Maryland, College Park

Prince George’s County Police are searching for two people of interest in a shooting late Saturday that left seven people injured at a party inside a hotel room near the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

The victims — all of whom are adults and do not attend the university — suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. Five have been released from the hospital.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. Police released photos of two people of interest.

The University of Maryland Police Department announced Sunday night that they have no information at this point that any of the people shot the previous night are affiliated with the university.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to The Hotel in the 7700 block of Baltimore Avenue for a shooting at a party in one of the hotel rooms.

Students Emily Garrett and Avery Strobel say they were on their way from their off-campus house to a Halloween party Saturday night when they saw police activity outside The Hotel. The 19-year-old friends from Bel Air did not know what to make of the situation when they saw the lights and sirens.

“It’s scary to think about,” Strobel, a general studies major, said. “That’s a lot of people.”

Garrett, a communications major, said she doesn’t generally feel unsafe. She said the university goes to significant lengths to keep students safe, including with the installation of emergency call boxes throughout the area.

The friends were among a steady flow of students and families who walked through the area on a dreary Sunday, some stopping for food at Potomac Pizza and Bagels ‘N Grinds at the base of The Hotel. Many said they had not heard much about the shooting but called it unsettling.

By the afternoon, there was no obvious police presence at The Hotel and no lingering evidence of a shooting from the lobby or perimeter of the property.

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn called the shooting “distressing” and said his thoughts go out to everybody injured, and to their families. In these difficult times, he said, events like the one that took place on Halloween are even more tragic.

“I just hope that everyone pulls out OK,” he said.

Students Chloe Kafka and Tori Lanner walked past The Hotel on their way home to the dorms after brunch Sunday. They said they were taking photos in their Halloween costumes late Saturday when they got an alert from the University of Maryland Police Department that there was an off-campus shooting.

Kafka, an 18-year-old chemistry major from Boston, said she dismissed the alert after glancing at her email, because it did not convey the seriousness of the situation, including that multiple people were injured. A landmark like The Hotel would also have been helpful, because the street address alone didn’t signal to them how close the shooting was to campus.

If they would have had more details Saturday night, Lanner, 18, a communications major from Long Island, New York, said

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Looks like that ‘Election Day asteroid’ didn’t smack us after all

Artist’s concept of a near-earth asteroid.


Oreo stashed its cookies in an asteroid-proof doomsday vault for nothing. 

There’s been much ado about tiny asteroid 2018 VP1 and how its path was going to bring it super close to Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the contentious US election. That timing earned it the not-quite-accurate nickname “Election Day asteroid.”

It appears the asteroid didn’t hang around long enough to leave a mark on the night sky. According to current data and observations, it passed by and went on its merry way.

Planetary astronomer Michael Busch dropped an update on Twitter on Monday. “There was apparently nothing on the infrasound and atmospheric flash monitors today,” Busch wrote. “2018 VP1 has, as expected, flown past Earth.”

The asteroid had a mere 0.41% chance of impacting Earth’s atmosphere. The dainty size of the asteroid meant it was no threat. In an Oct. 30 update on the asteroid’s trajectory, Asteroid Institute astrodynamicist Allan Posner said it would look like “a very nice shooting star in the sky” if it did happen to burn up. 

With no reports of a fireball, initial indications seem to suggest 2018 VP1 will live to see another day. 

Earth was never in danger from the asteroid, but its scheduled visit to our neighborhood fit in with the ongoing weirdness of a year filled with political strife and pandemic stress. It seems 2018 VP1 had the good sense to nope out of here from a safe distance away.

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Texas Other – District 10 Election Results

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Election Date: Nov. 3, 2020 | Updated 6:02 AM EST Nov. 2, 2020

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