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Through eight games, Alabama’s on pace to have statistically the biggest offensive season in program history. Three veterans are driving that ship in quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and receiver DeVonta Smith. Not coincidentally, they are among the national leaders in several statistical categories as November becomes December in this unique college football season. Jones ...

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Nov. 29—Osaka — Last week, news broke that the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office was questioning a secretary of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and numerous supporters over allegations that Abe's office illegally paid out over ¥9 million to make up the costs of dinner parties at Tokyo hotels. The allegations originally surfaced in November 2019, but Abe denied any wrongdoing. With the ...

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Nov. 29—On average, Thurston County's population grows by about 4,000 people every year, according to data from the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC). Most of the growth is concentrated in the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater area. Accompanying that growth has been a rapid rise in the cost of rental housing. The average rent in Thurston County has doubled in the past 20 years, from $590 in 2001 ...

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Justin Herbert could be getting some help on offense today. The Los Angeles Chargers activated running back Austin Ekeler off injured reserve, the team announced Saturday and he could play when they Chargers play at the Buffalo Bills Sunday morning. Ekeler practiced all week, leading Chargers’ coach Anthony Lynn to say there’s “a chance” Ekeler could see some action against the Bills. Ekeler’s ...

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Nov. 29—Thurston County budget revenues are projected to decrease in 2021 although not as much as previously anticipated. The budget office released a preliminary budget report Nov. 23. Rather than prepare a biennial budget as usual, the county commissioners converted to an annual budget for 2021. The change came in response to the uncertainty created by the novel coronavirus pandemic, said ...

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Nov. 29—Kelsey Hulse hit refresh on her computer. It was 2017, and Hulse — a political wonk, nonprofit fundraiser, and former candidate for Thurston County Commissioner — was searching for a place to live in Olympia. She opened up Craigslist and local property management websites and sorted for one-bedroom units under $1,000 per month. Very few came up. At the time, Hulse had just left a ...

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Nov. 29—Hang in there, people. It feels like the world has been pandemicking forever, but it's been less than a year and, if drug companies don't lie (they never do, do they?), with immunizations coming right around the corner, this thing could be over, come summer. And that's forever too. I know. I'm going crazy wanting to start up some theater. But in the world of plagues and pandemics, what ...

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Nov. 29—Lewis Cass bounced back from a season opening loss to Carroll with a 75-51 win at Southwood on Saturday night. The Kings avenged an 86-75 loss to the Knights from a year ago. After falling into a 3-0 hole, the Kings went on a 15-0 run. "There's very few times I would ever give myself much credit because these kids are incredible, but we went down 3-0 and we had some glimpses [from the ...

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Nov. 29—DUBAI — US actress Yara Shahidi has opened up about the values taught to her by her parents — and a host of other off-beat topics — in a new interview with Vogue magazine. The "Grown-ish" actress took part in Vogue's "73 Questions With" series in her home in Los Angeles and covered a variety of topics, from whether pineapple belongs on pizza (a strong no), to her current book of choice ...

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Nov. 29—The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh celebrated the Global Customer Appreciation Week with an event giving the men and women of the hotel a unique opportunity to show their appreciation for the support and continued patronage of the property by the top international and local clientele. Team members representing each department participated in a citywide series of sales calls, and visual and ...