The Rundown for August 21, 2018

MICHIGAN HEALTH DIRECTOR TO STAND TRIAL… Michigan’s state health director will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. Nick Lyons is accused of failing to issue a timely alert to the public about the outbreak and becomes the highest-ranking official to stand trial over the scandal. State Judge David Goggins said deaths probably could have been prevented if the outbreak were publicly known and that it was “corrupt” to keep the public in the dark.

NO VERDICT IN MANAFORT TRIAL… The jury in the federal bank fraud and tax-evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ended its third day of deliberations with no verdict yesterday. Jurors have heard two weeks of testimony and will reconvene this morning. Manafort faces 18 tax and bank fraud charges for allegedly hiding millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service in overseas bank accounts.

VIRGINIA SPECIAL SESSION TO REDRAW DISTRICTS… Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the districts of the Virginia House of Delegates. Northam signed a proclamation to hold an August 30 session to redraw the district lines after a court ruled they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. In June, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia gave Republican House leaders until Oct. 30 to redraw 11 House districts, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

TWO ACCUSED IRANIAN SPIES ARRESTED… The Justice Department announced yesterday that two Iranian men have been indicted for allegedly spying for Iran in the U.S. The men are accused of conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq. Both men were arrested earlier this month.

COLORADO MAN CHARGED IN KILLINGS OF WIFE, DAUGHTERS… A Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was charged with three counts of murder yesterday. 33-year-old Chris Watts also faces two counts of murder of a victim under 12 by person in position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy in the first degree, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. Police in Frederick, Colorado, arrested Watts last week after they said he confessed to the killings.

ENTERTAINMENT
EAGLES GREATEST HITS IS TOP SELLING ALBUM EVER… The Eagles’ greatest hits album has surpassed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album of all time. The Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” album has sold more than 38 million copies since its release in February 1976. The Eagles also hold the No. 3 spot with a separate 1976 release, “Hotel California,” which has sold 26 million copies.

ARETHA FRANKLIN FUNERAL SCHEDULED… Aretha Franklin’s funeral has been scheduled for August in her hometown of Detroit. The service will take place at the Greater Grace Temple and will be attended by family and friends. The 76-year-old legendary soul singer died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday and will be buried at Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service was held Sunday at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin’s singing career took flight.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Atlanta 1 – PITTSBURGH 0… Bryse Wilson (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five innings and five Braves relievers completed the shutout of the Pirates. Nick Markakis singled home Freddie Freeman with the game’s only run in the top of the first inning.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 2… The Brewers cruised past the Reds after spotting them an early two-run lead. Travis Shaw hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Christian Yelich smacked a solo shot.

San Francisco 2 – N.Y. METS 1 (13 innings)… A collision between Mets outfielders Rosario and Smith on a Brandon Crawford pop-up allowed Andrew McCutchen to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning and the Giants made it stand. Hanson doubled home Hanson with a tying run in the seventh.

St. Louis 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… Jed Gyorko and Matt Carpenter hit back-to-back homers to lead off the top of the ninth inning and power the Cardinals past the Dodgers. Jose Martinez opened the scoring

AL SCORES
TORONTO 5 – Baltimore 3… Kendrys Morales homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Kevin Pillar had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Cleveland 5 – BOSTON 4… The Indians overcame a three-run fifth-inning deficit to edge the Red Sox. Michael Brantley tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and Greg Allen added a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh. Corey Kluber (16-6) allowed three runs on nine hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Kansas City 0… Four pitchers combined on the shutout as the Rays clipped the Royals. Ryan Yarborough (12-5) went 5-1/3 innings in relief of starter Hunter Wood and was credited with the victory. Willy Adames’ infield grounder scored Joey Wendle with the game’s only run in the bottom of the second inning.

Chi. White Sox 8 – MINNESOTA 5… Matt Davidson singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard as the White Sox held off the Twins. Jose Abreu had a couple of hits, including a two-run double.

OAKLAND 9 – Texas 0… Mike Fiers (9-6) allowed just one hit over seven innings and got plenty of offensive support in the Athletics’ win. Ramon Laureano homered twice and knocked in five runs. Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty added solo homers.

SEATTLE 7 – Houston 4… Robinson Cano connected for a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Mariners past the Astros. Mitch Hanigar and Jean Segura both had a couple hits and an RBI.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Atlanta (Gausman, 7-9) is at Pittsburgh (Nova, 7-7)…
Washington (Roark, 8-12) hosts Philadelphia (Velasquez, 8-9)…
San Francisco (Stratton, 8-7) is at the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 5-10)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-8) hosts Cincinnati (Romano, 7-10)…
San Diego (Erlin, 2-3) is at Colorado (Anderson, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 3-0) host St. Louis (Poncedeleon, 0-0)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Bundy, 7-11) is at Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-6)…
Boston (Eovaldi, 5-4) hosts Cleveland (Bieber, 6-2)…
Kansas City (Sparkman, 0-1) is at Tampa Bay (Snell, 14-5)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 11-8) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Kopech, 0-0)…
Texas (TBD) is at Oakland (Anderson, 2-3)…
Seattle (Leake, 8-7) hosts Houston (TBD)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 9-9) are at Detroit (Zimmermann, 5-5)…
Miami (Lopez, 2-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-3) are at Arizona (Corbin, 10-4)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL… Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes. No. 4 Wisconsin received the other first-place vote.

1) Alabama…
2) Clemson…
3) Georgia…
4) Wisconsin…
5) Ohio State…
6) Washington…
7) Oklahoma…
8) Miami (Fla.)…
9) Auburn…
10) Penn State…
11) Michigan State…
12) Notre Dame…
13) Stanford…
14) Michigan…
15) Southern California…
16) TCU…
17) West Virginia…
18) Mississippi State…
19) Florida State…
20) Virginia Tech…
21) Central Florida…
22) Boise State…
23) Texas…
24) Oregon…
25) LSU

GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… TIMBRE… (TAM—burr)… noun… 1) The distinctive quality given to a singing voice or musical instrument by its overtones… …The first actor to audition had a deep musical TIMBRE to his voice that would have been perfect for King Lear.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: GUITAR—ICE—TOOTH?… (Types of PICKS).

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… EAT—RESTAURANT—GREASY SPOON—TRUCK STOP—MEL?… (Diner)

USELESS TRIVIA… What are the first names of the pop duo Hall and Oates?… (Daryl Hall and John Oates)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Insectophobia… Fear of Insects.

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