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New England Patriots from 2006-08, \the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time; When he was the head coach in Denver from 2009-2010 the Broncos ranked 17th in scoring; When he was the OC of the Rams in 2011, the Rams were last in scoring;Back as the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2012-17 and the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time. Yes, McDaniels is a genius and a savant with TB12 pulling the trigger.In the end, the simplest explanation here seems the most logical, and that simple thought has to be that McDaniels was told if he stayed he would be the head-coaching-in-waiting after Bill Belichick. (Side note: Heard this morning on ESPN Radio that there is an exception to the Rooney Rule that allows teams to name successors without interviewing minority candidates. So there's that.)But to go back to a conversation we had around these parts yesterday, the fact that the Patriots are evening thinking about the A.B. (After Bill) days is kind of telling.Even more telling is that the Kraft family worked hard and made a late — read: expensive — push to keep the guy they believe can smooth the A.B. transition after dealing the quarterback that was going to be the A.B. (After Brady) guy.This and that— While we're here on the McDaniels stuff, the Colts have two coaches already under contract — coaches McDaniels wanted on his staff — and say they are going to honor those deals. Tough deal for those cats, and also for the new head coach, whomever it may be. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Idaho lab with additional radioactive waste for decades.After the highly contaminated Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver was shut down in 1993, the waste was shipped to Idaho. The Navy has been sending in its spent fuel from nuclear-powered ships.The lab is dealing with tons of waste containing artificial elements, so-called transuranic waste. The Energy Department promised to move an average of 2,000 cubic meters to a special dump in New Mexico, but it has missed that goal for several years, because of an underground explosion at the dump.The Energy Department declined to answer specific questions about the breeder waste cleanup, citing the sensitivity of nuclear technology. It blamed the slow pace of cleanup on inadequate funding but said it was still trying to meet the deadline.“When the implementation plan for the treatment of the [spent fuel] was developed in 2000, there was very limited nuclear energy research and development being performed in the United States,” a department spokesperson said in a statement.“The funding for this program has been limited in favor of other research and development activities. The Department remains strongly committed to the treatment of this fuel in time to meet its commitments to the State of Idaho.”Susan Burke, who monitors the cleanup at the laboratory for the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, said the statewill continue to demand that the waste be ready for shipment out of Idaho by 2035.“The Energy Department is doing the best it can, but our expectation is that they will have to meet the settlement agreement,” she said.Idaho watchdogs are sk... (Los Angeles Times)
Lombok, Indonesia, Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, and stateside in Honolulu, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Denver,” National Geographic reports.Milwaukee representatives met with Kellet to discuss a possible installation of a Trash Wheel on the Kinnickinnic River in November 2016, according to Lindsay Frost, Manager of Water Projects for the Milwaukee Harbor District. The district’s borders are generally south of the Third Ward, east of Walker’s Point and north of Bay View, encompassing 1,000 acres and 44,000 linear feet of water frontage.“Our organization has been in communication with the organization running the Trash Wheel efforts in Baltimore, and we’re exploring the possibilities further,” Frost says.Frost notes the advantages of Mr. Trash Wheel: “One of the things that’s really great is the Trash Wheel is very engaging. It does collect a lot of trash over in Baltimore, but it also serves as an attraction point and a reason for people to engage with the rivers again, which I think could be a benefit here.”As it happens, Milwaukee already has a waterfront trash collector with a cool name, the 50-foot long river skimmer called Lynyrd Skymmer — a clever play on the southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, which was the result of a 2011 naming contest. (Way to go, Milwaukee!) The Skymmer, owned by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), pulls out trash from the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers. It has a captain and two crew members that work an average of 110 days a year, collecting trash and making a safer path for boats.The skimmer collects all kinds of trash, from tree limbs to barricades, and the occasional porta-potty. Each year, it collects around 70, 20-cubic yard dumpsters worth of trash and debris, but the installation of a Trash Wheel could improve efforts further.“I think anything that helps clean up garbage and helps keep the rivers free of debris that can damage kayaks and boats and everything else is a benefit,” says Bill Graffin, Public Information Manager for MMSD.“We want not only quality of life for people who live here to be improved, but we also want tourists and visitors to have a positive first impression of Milwaukee and the waterways,” he adds.The MMSD pays the Veolia company just over $139,000 a year to operate the river skimmer, pretty similar to the reported annual cost for Mr. Trash Wheel’s operation, of about $129,000. (Though we don’t know how many days of the year the Baltimore skimmer is operated.)But the tra... (urbanmilwaukee)
Colorado residents are ready to step up and help drive diversion progress. This energy has been particularly noticeable in Denver, where a push is underway to expand curbside organics collection and The Recycling Partnership recently announced a new education program to increase steel can diversion. Colorado has also received industry attention for innovation at operations such as Alpine Waste & Recycling around robotics and glass, as well as the nonprofit Eco-Cycle's work on hard-to-recycle materials.Even with the momentum that a new state policy may provide, the presence of below average landfill tip fees will still be a tough factor to overcome. This reality, along with a lack of recycling infrastructure in more rural areas and weak or nonexistent recycling regulations in many communities, may make it hard to achieve higher diversion rates without larger systemic changes. States such as California that have enacted more stringent programs are still not moving as fast as they'd hoped. Though as noted by supporters of Colorado's new plan, this is all the more reason to set targets they see as long overdue and get to work on raising the state's recycling profile. ... (Waste Dive)
Grand Teton. So the need for recycling is not as urgent, in the way the absence of recycling in Thermopolis is not as dire as it would be in Denver.Wilson hopes that Grand Teton waste program will influence people beyond the park.“It’s actually reminding people hopefully even in their home lives to think twice about the amount that they’re purchasing and that they’re throwing away. Because the amount of waste that we’re sending to the landfills – it’s not just a problem in national parks, it’s a problem nationally,” Wilson said.There could be a solution for Curt Gowdy, after all. A company called WYCO is about to take over recycling in Cheyenne, with plans to pick up trailers from all over Laramie County. I called them up and asked if they’d go as far as Curt Gowdy, and they said they could. When I told Richardson about WYCO, he asked me for their phone number, with hopes that eventually Curt Gowdy could recycle more of its trash as visitor numbers rise. (Wyoming Public Media)