Thanksgiving weekend: How former Oregon high school players are faring in Division 1 college football

In October we posted a list of the nearly 100 athletes we found on Division I FBS college football rosters in 2020.

This week and throughout this strange, coronavirus-altered college football season, we’ll focus on the former Oregon high school football players logging stats at the Division 1 FBS level this season.

Oregon-Oregon State on the day after Thanksgiving was the marquee matchup, with the Beavers scoring a 41-38 upset of the Ducks.

Read on to find out which local kids played in Thanksgiving weekend’s FBS games.

Cody Anderson, Oregon State


Defensive lineman

Thurston High School

Anderson has played in all four of the Beavers’ games but hasn’t recorded any stats.

Trevon Bradford, Oregon State


Wide receiver

Oregon City High School

Bradford had his best game of the season in the Beavers’ 41-38 win over the Ducks, making eight catches for 93 yards and adding two carries for 14 yards along with a 23-yard punt return. Bradford leads the Pac-12 with 21 catches and is fifth in receiving yards with 219.

Chase Cota, UCLA


Wide receiver

South Medford High School

Cota has played in all four games for the Bruins this season, but Saturday’s 27-10 win was the first in which he made no catches.

MJ Cunningham, Oregon



Madison High School

Cunningham played in Oregon’s 41-38 loss Friday at Oregon State but didn’t record any stats. He’s played in three games this season and made one tackle.

Casey Filkins, Stanford


Running back

Lake Oswego High School

Filkins played in Stanford’s 24-23 win Friday over Cal but didn’t record any stats. He’s played in three games this season and has one catch for minus-6 yards.

Alex Forsyth, Oregon


Offensive lineman

West Linn High School

Forsyth started at center again for the Ducks, who rushed for 183 yards in their loss to the Beavers.

Anthony Gould, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Wide receiver

West Salem

Gould got in his first game of the season in Friday’s win over Oregon, as he started at wide receiver but didn’t record any stats.

Jaydon Grant, Oregon State


Defensive back

West Linn High School

Grant continued to be one of the Beavers’ best defensive players this season, as he made four tackles and grabbed his second interception of the season.

Daniel Green, Kansas State



Madison High School

Green had a career game Saturday at Baylor, making 13 tackles (2.5 for loss) and getting 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup in the Wildcats’ crushing 32-31 loss. Green has 38 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks this season.

Jordan Happle, Oregon



Jesuit High School

Happle followed up his week as Pac-12 defensive player of the week with another solid game Friday at Oregon State, making seven tackles to give him 24 on the season.

Nate Heaukulani, Oregon



Jesuit High School

Heaukulani got in his second game of the season in Friday’s loss at

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SpaceX’s next Starship rocket may soar to 15 kilometers this weekend, but Elon Musk says there’s a 2-in-3 chance the flight may fail

a man standing in front of a tall building: SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider

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  • SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet this weekend, according to road closures and a Notice to Airmen issued for the aerospace company’s launch site in southern Texas. 
  • The spacecraft should fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 meters (492 feet).
  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was a lot that could go wrong, and gave the rocket a one-in-three chance of landing in one piece.
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This weekend, Elon Musk’s space-exploration company, SpaceX, is poised to take a big step forward in its quest to further revolutionize space travel.


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Musk tweeted on Sunday that a prototype of SpaceX’s enormous Starship spacecraft — a fully reusable vehicle the company wants to use to send humans to the moon and Mars — will soon undergo its first high-altitude test.

The flight attempt to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), follows a successful November 24 rocket-engine test firing of the Starship prototype, called SN8 or serial no. 8. The test also comes after a successful “hop” flight in August to roughly 150 meters (492 feet) using a previous prototype called SN5.

On Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a rocket launch from the Boca Chica Village in southern Texas, where SpaceX is developing Starship, from Friday at 8 a.m. CT through Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.

However, both a NOTAM and road closures are required for launch. The Cameron County judge has issued Boca Chica road-closure notices for every weekday through December 9, but the only overlap with the NOTAM is Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.

Musk: ‘Maybe 1/3 chance’ of a successful flight and landing

a flock of birds flying over a building: A prototype of SpaceX's Starship spacecraft at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas (September 28, 2019). REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

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A prototype of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas (September 28, 2019). REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare

This test flight will be a big step in testing whether the design can withstand the rigors of flights to higher altitudes.

Musk said in a follow-up tweet on Wednesday that a “lot of things need to go right” for SN8 to land intact, adding that he thinks there’s “maybe 1/3 chance” that it does.

However, should SN8 fail, SpaceX’s Starship factory is cranking out more prototypes, and SN9 could soon be ready to take its place for future testing.

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SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft is made up of two sections, the Super Heavy booster and the Starship rocket ship, which Musk claims will be able to carry 100 people to Mars at a time. The entire spacecraft stands at 120 metres (394 feet) tall. 

In October, Musk said SpaceX has a

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Axe: An unforgettable weekend for Syracuse University sports

Syracuse, N.Y. —The great philosopher Ferris Bueller once opined that “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

We need to apply that to a weekend of mind-blowing things that happened to Syracuse University football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

I know 2020 has played a constant game of “hold my beer,” but let us take a moment to reflect on a few extraordinary events:

-Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim admitted that his team should have never been on the floor on Friday night at the Dome.

Boeheim, one of the fiercest competitors to ever reside in the Milky Way Galaxy, saying his Orange were better off not playing a game it won?


I mean, the phrase “it took a pandemic” has been overused in 2020, but it took a pandemic for Boeheim to admit maybe his team wasn’t ready to play against Bryant after being shutdown by COVID-19 protocols for 12 days prior to Friday’s game.

Boeheim called the choice of playing or potentially postponing “100 percent my fault.”

“The medical doctors make (the decision) that they’re healthy to play,” Boeheim said. “I make the decision on whether it’s smart to play the game. When you don’t play for 14 days, it’s not smart.”

-The Syracuse football team had a chance to win a game but lost when its quarterback inexplicably spiked the football on 4th down and goal.

Let’s break down that sentence a little more closely.

The Syracuse football team had a chance to win.

It did! No kidding. Syracuse trailed NC State by a score of 36-29 with :24 seconds remaining and had the ball on the 7-yard line with a chance to score.

Quarterback Rex Culpepper made a big mistake when he scrambled on third down and did not get rid of the football, resulting in a sack.

Culpepper, once sidelined by testicular cancer, had a chance to be a conquering hero on 4th down and goal just before the clock was set to expire.

Instead, well, the second part of that sentence above happened.

But lost when its quarterback inexplicably spiked the football on 4th down and goal.

Wait …what?


Spiked. The. Ball. On. Fourth. Down.

-We can’t let it slide that earlier in the same game, NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman committed what may be the strangest safety recorded at the Carrier Dome in its 40-year history.

Under pressure in the end zone, Hockman chucked the ball backwards, resulting in two points for the Syracuse defense.

You don’t see that everyday.

-On Sunday night, Syracuse women’s basketball began the 2020-21 season with a 50-39 win over Stony Brook.

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia played in a competitive basketball game Sunday afternoon for the first time in 615 days.

Mangakahia, who sat out last season while being treated for breast cancer, scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

“I’m just so grateful that she has the opportunity

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Bright Fireball Lights Up Night Sky In Japan Over The Weekend [VIDEO]


  • A bright fireball was spotted in western Japan, on Sunday
  • Several cameras captured the moment that the bolide illuminated the surroundings
  • The event was reportedly seen in various regions in Western and Central Japan

A fireball event was spotted in Japan over the weekend. The event was so bright that it momentarily lit up the night sky. 

A bright fireball was spotted at about 1:34 a.m. local time, Sunday in western Japan. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), witnesses said that there was a “rumbling noise” then the sky went “totally bright.”

In the video shared by Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK on Twitter, a bright greenish ball can be seen streaming in the sky at various locations. It can be seen falling for a few seconds before illuminating the night sky for a brief moment then fizzling out in an instant. 

A video shared by Kyodo News on YouTube also shows several glimpses of the event, one of which provides a closer look at the object as it shoots through the sky, illuminating the clouds around it before going out in a bright flash. Also in the video, there are two footage that don’t show the fireball itself but, buildings suddenly being illuminated by a bright light. 

In fact, Takeshi Inoue, the director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Hyogo Prefecture, said that the final burst of light was “as bright as the full moon,” Kyodo News reported.

“At first it looked like there was a streetlight on the windshield, but for a moment it flashed,” a witness, Mr. Shoya Kawaguchi said, according to the English translation of the NHK report. “I had seen it on the internet, but I was really surprised.”

What was it? According to Kyodo News, it is believed to be a bolide. As NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Objects (CNEOS) explained, fireballs and bolides are the terms used to describe “exceptionally bright meteors” that are bright enough to be seen in a wide area. In this case, the IMO reported that the bright object was observed in Western and Central Japan, from the Tokai to Kansai and Shikoku region.

The fireballs that explode in the sky are then referred to as bolides, although the CNEOS noted that the terms are typically used interchangeably.

The bolide sighting comes just over a week after the camera on an Australian research vessel captured the moment that a meteor broke apart over the ocean and, the same weekend there were multiple reports of a bright fireball over Germany, RP Online reported.

Meteor Pictured: This image taken with a meteorite tracking device developed by George Varros, shows a meteorite as it enters Earth’s atmosphere during the Leonid meteor shower November 19, 2002. Photo: Getty Images/George Varros and Dr. Peter Jenniskens/NASA

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Recapping a wild college basketball weekend around the DMV

The 2020-21 college basketball season tipped off last week, and the first weekend of play in the DMV was as hectic as it gets.

It looks like this is going to be one of the more unpredictable seasons in recent college basketball history, and that played out across some of the region’s teams over the weekend from the District to Blacksburg. There was something for almost every fan. 

Let’s run through a few of the biggest stories from the past few days in local college hoops.

Virginia Tech stuns No. 3 Villanova in OT

Virginia Tech scored one of the season’s most impressive victories late Saturday night, pulling away from No. 3 Villanova in overtime for a 81-73 win. Making the win more impressive was the fact that, as a result of Temple pausing team activities for coronavirus-related reasons, VT didn’t know it would be playing Villanova until one day prior.

It didn’t matter for the Hokies, who pulled off a resume-defining win in just their second game of the season. Keve Aluma and Nahiem Alleyne led the way with 22 and 20 points, respectively in a game they never expected to play. It’s going to be that kind of year. 

No. 4 UVA upset by San Francisco

Things didn’t go quite so well for the Hokies’ rivals in Charlottesville. Virginia, technically still the defending national champions after the 2020 postseason was canceled, had an inauspicious start to its season after being upset by San Francisco on Friday at the Mohegan Sun event in Connecticut.


The Cavaliers blew out Towson on Wednesday to get things started, but struggled mightily against the Dons, especially on offense. And they failed to close out San Francisco when they had a chance, allowing the Dons to end the game on an 8-0 run.

In a season with multiple top-10 upsets already, No. 4 UVA falling was perhaps the most surprising result all weekend long.

Richmond upsets Kentucky at Rupp Arena

The Richmond Spiders are a mid-major program known from springing historic upsets, and they added to that resume on Sunday on the road against Kentucky. 

The Wildcats entered Sunday’s game ranked 10th in the country, but they were thoroughly outplayed in the second half by Richmond. The Spiders look like one of the best mid-majors in the country early in the season – they were really good last year, too, in a stacked Atlantic 10 – and they were clearly the better team in the second half on Sunday.

If they keep playing like this, it could be a special year in the state’s capital.

Maryland’s 21-0 run

The Terrapins have started their season with three straight wins for the seventh consecutive season, but their closest call yet came Sunday afternoon in unexpected fashion.

Facing Mount St. Mary’s, the Terps found themselves trailing 58-56 with eight minutes left in the game before they finally locked in on both sides of the court. Maryland went to its small lineup and found immediate success, going on

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Lunar eclipse will be visible during the full beaver moon this weekend

Take a break from online holiday shopping this weekend to enjoy the full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse.

The full moon during the penumbral lunar eclipse is shown here, as seen from Kathmandu on January 11.

The full moon during the penumbral lunar eclipse is shown here, as seen from Kathmandu on January 11.

Both events will be visible early Monday morning.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon, but a penumbral lunar eclipse is different from a total lunar eclipse.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon moves into Earth’s penumbra, or outer shadow. This causes the moon to look darker than normal.

During a total lunar eclipse, the change is more dramatic because the entire moon appears to be a deep red color.

This is the last penumbral eclipse of the year and will be visible to those in North and South America, Australia and parts of Asia. Check Time and Date to see when it will occur in your area.

About 85% of the moon will turn a shade darker during the peak or middle phase of the eclipse. While this type of shading effect of the moon is visible, your best chance to see it may be through a telescope, according to NASA.

But don’t worry about trying to determine when the moon enters and exits the penumbra, which isn’t visible even through telescopes.

On November 30, the moon will enter the penumbra at 2:29 a.m ET and leave the penumbra at 6:56 a.m. ET. The peak of the eclipse when the moon will be the darkest will be 4:42 a.m.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you do not need special glasses to view a lunar eclipse.

The moon will also be at its fullest at 4:30 a.m. ET on November 30. Each month has its own name associated with the full moon.

For November, that’s the full beaver moon. It has also been known as the full frost moon due to the cold temperatures of November.

Native Americans called it the beaver moon because they associated it with when beavers finish building their lodges, made of branches and mud, to prepare for winter.

Whether you emerge from your winter shelter or merely glimpse it out the window, keep an eye on the sky early Monday morning to catch the final penumbral lunar eclipse of the year.

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College football games on TV and canceled Thanksgiving weekend

Friday’s schedule

No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina

Central Florida at South Florida

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan

No. 15 Oregon at Oregon State

Every team in the Big 12 has at least two losses, but Iowa State — whose last league title came in 1912, when it played in the Missouri Valley Conference — sits alone atop the standings with just one loss in league play. Only three players nationally are averaging more rushing yards per game and only one has more touchdowns than Cyclones running back Breece Hall, but Texas (Iowa State’s opponent Friday) has held two of its past three opponents to 64 rushing yards or fewer. Likewise, the Longhorns lean heavily on one player, in this case quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the four-year starter who will be playing in his final home game. Ehlinger leads the team in rushing and has thrown for 1,834 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions. …

Notre Dame’s offensive line, touted as one of the nation’s best, will be down two starters against North Carolina: Right guard Tommy Kraemer had an appendectomy last week, and center Jarrett Patterson suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Fighting Irish’s last game vs. Boston College. This could pose a problem for a team that values ball control (Notre Dame averages just more than 34 minutes of possession, tops among Power Five conference teams that have played at least six games) and running the ball (233.5 yards per game, tied for 14th nationally). The Tar Heels, who average the exact same rushing yards per game as the Irish, could get a number of players back from injury, including spectacularly named cornerback Storm Duck.

Saturday’s schedule

No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois

Kentucky at No. 6 Florida

Maryland at No. 12 Indiana

Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State

North Carolina State at Syracuse

North Texas at Texas San Antonio

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama

Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson

No. 8 Northwestern at Michigan State

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee

San Jose State at Boise State

Mississippi State at Mississippi

Louisville at Boston College

San Diego State at Colorado

No. 9 Georgia at South Carolina

Virginia at Florida State

Troy at Appalachian State

Penn State is 0-5 for the first time. Michigan is 2-3 and needed overtime to beat Rutgers last weekend, avoiding its first 1-4 start since 1967 by virtue of a missed Scarlet Knights field goal in double overtime. So, yes, this year’s Nittany Lions-Wolverines game is a battle of two floundering blue bloods, with one team (Penn State) trailing by double digits at halftime of all five games and the other (Michigan) going 227 minutes 22 seconds without holding a lead earlier this season. It’s the first time that both teams enter the game with losing records and just the third time both teams are unranked. The Nittany Lions are in a particularly bad spot, with quarterbacks

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Top 4 college football games to watch Thanksgiving weekend

Notre Dame can move one step closer to an ACC championship with a road win over North Carolina, while a pair of SEC games could have an impact on the College Football Playoff semifinal rankings. Check out the top four games to watch Thanksgiving weekend.

No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas

Friday, Noon; ABC

The Buzz: Iowa State (6-2, 6-1 Big 12) owns the top spot in the Big 12 standings and the Cyclones can wrap up a berth in the conference championship game with a win over Texas (5-2, 4-2 Big 12). The Longhorns, meanwhile, need a win on Friday to retain their hopes of a return to the title game for the first time since 2018. Texas has won seven of the past 10 meetings in this series, but it lost 23-21 last year.

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina

Friday, 3:30 p.m.; ABC

The Buzz: North Carolina (6-2, 6-2 ACC) is the biggest roadblock Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC) faces as it pushes to qualify for the ACC Championship Game. The Tar Heels lead the conference in total offense (563 yards per game), with quarterback Sam Howell setting the pace with 2,631 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. The Fighting Irish are riding a 14-game win streak and feature the best defense in the conference, allowing just six passing touchdowns this season.

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; CBS

The Buzz: Alabama (7-0) enters this version of the Iron Bowl looking for some redemption. Auburn (5-2) has won two of the last three meetings in this rivalry series, including last year’s 48-45 thriller that knocked the Crimson Tide out of a New Year’s Six bowl game. Alabama is averaging more than 49 points and 540 yards per game this season, with quarterback Mac Jones passing for 2,426 yards and 18 touchdowns. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix has passed for 1,627 and 10 touchdowns, adding another 284 rushing yards and three scores. Tide coach Nick Saban will miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19.

LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M

Saturday, 7 p.m.; ESPN

The Buzz: Texas A&M (5-1) hasn’t played a football game in three weeks after concerns over COVID forced the postponement of games against Tennessee and Ole Miss. The Aggies are still a wildcard for the College Football Playoff semifinals, but they have three remaining games to make a statement. LSU has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series, including last season’s 50-7 victory — the largest margin in the series since 1922.

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Hockey East Matchups Headline Big Weekend Of College Sports On NESN Networks

If you love college sports, then you’ll want to tune in to the NESN networks this weekend.

It all starts Friday with a women’s Hockey East matchup between Providence College and No. 7 Boston College, followed by a pair of men’s Hockey East tilts, both of which will feature nationally ranked clubs in UMass-Amherst and Boston College.

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Next up is a loaded Saturday, headlined by two additional Hockey East matchups between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 16 Northeastern, and No. 2 Boston College versus No. 7 UMass.

Also included in this weekend’s slate of games is college football between Duke and Georgia Tech, as well as ACC men’s basketball.

Check out the full weekend schedule for college sports on NESN networks below (all times Eastern), and find out where to catch NESNplus on your service here.

Friday, Nov. 27
2 p.m. — Women’s Hockey East: Providence at Boston College (NESN)
5:30 p.m. — ACC Men’s Basketball: North Florida at NC State (NESN+)
6 p.m. — Men’s Hockey East: UMass At Boston College (NESN+)
8 p.m. — ACC Men’s Basketball: Mercer at Georgia Tech (NESN+)

Saturday, Nov. 28
3:30 p.m. — Men’s Hockey East: UMass Lowell at Northeastern (NESN)
4:30 p.m. — Men’s Hockey East: Boston College at UMass (NESN+)

Schedule subject to change. For the latest updates, check out the NESN TV Schedule here.

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2,690-Foot Asteroid Makes Close Approach To Earth On Thanksgiving Weekend


  • A massive asteroid will pass by Earth Sunday at 1:08 a.m. EST, according to NASA’s CNEOS
  • The space rock is estimated to be as massive as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2,690 feet
  • The giant asteroid will zip past Earth harmlessly and is not included in the ESA’s Risk List

Passing by this Thanksgiving weekend is a rare 2,690-foot asteroid — a memorable way to mark this year’s holiday amid the pandemic.

Data gathered by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies showed that an asteroid nearly as massive as the Burj Khalifa is expected to zip past Earth Sunday at 1:08 a.m. EST.

The giant asteroid, identified as 153201 (2000 WO107), is the biggest among the several near-Earth asteroids (NEA) that will make close approaches to Earth this week. If the visual of the Burj Khalifa (2,720 feet) in Dubai is not enough to give an idea about the space rock’s size, imagine stacking two Empire State Buildings (1,250 feet) on top of each other.

A 2,690-foot asteroid hurtling toward the planet certainly isn’t a pleasant thought to have during the holidays, especially if one considers the damage it could potentially cause if it crashes on Earth. However, the CNEOS has confirmed that the asteroid will pass by harmlessly when it makes its flyby in a few days.

The asteroid has not been included in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Risk List and is also not a part of the space agency’s Priority List, which means it doesn’t pose a threat to Earth.

The closest distance asteroid 153201 (2000 WO107) will get is about 2.6 million miles (4.3 million kilometers) away from the surface of the planet, according to the CNEOS’ Close Approach Data Table.

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Small-Body Database Browser said the space rock was discovered about 20 years ago on Nov. 29, 2000.

The NEA is classified as an Aten asteroid, which means it has an Earth-crossing orbit that intersects with that of the planet at certain points. Aten asteroids have a higher chance of making a close approach to Earth due to the shape of their orbits. 

CNEOS is responsible for predicting near-Earth objects’ (NEO) close approaches with Earth. Continuously making calculations on different asteroid diameters, impact risks and statistics, the CNEOS publishes its findings on its website to inform the public about any updates concerning NEOs.

Burj Khalifa Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, is located outside of the Dubai Mall. Photo: Reuters

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