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On Saturday night, DJ Alan Walker, who had performed in Mumbai as an opening act for Justin Biebers concert back in 2017, presented his set for an hour-and-a-half in the city. The performance was divided in levels a theme that was inspired from the online gaming community. The Norwegian DJ came on stage donning his signature all-black, full-sleeved hoodie, track pants and his popular black mask. How are you feeling, Mumbai? he asked his fans, in his thick Norwegian accent. To that, an enthusiastic bunch of girls replied, We are good, but take that mask off already.The hit-maker, who has songs like Faded, On My Way, Lily, among others, to his credit, was emotional on stage when he declared that Mumbai feels like home. I have been to this city in the past and every time I come here, its like a whole new world opens up to me. There is always something to learn, a new place to explore; Mumbai feels like home. I am so honoured and truly grateful for my fans here.Alan played all his monster hits and concluded his set at 10 pm, with Faded, the song that made him a household name globally. Interestingly, a lot of Walkers a moniker given to Alans fans by the man himself walked around dressed like him. One such fan was Vishal Kate, a college student, who said, I am a huge Alan Walker fan and in order to show solidarity to my masked brother, I thought why not dress like him.The opening acts for this 22-year-old self-taught artiste were performed by Indian DJ Sartek, music producer duo Lost Stories and Changeover. When the clock struck 10 pm, amidst colourful confetti and vibrant fireworks, Alan bid goodbye to Mumbai, with the promise that he will be back soon.

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'Bags of life', as they're called, do not get reused nearly as much as retailers would like to believe.

'Get rid of single-use plastic bags' has been a rallying cry for many shoppers and retailers over the past year. There have been signs of progress, such as Waitrose's experimental refillable section and the spread of zero waste stores and reusable takeout food containers. But sometimes what appears to be progressive does more harm.

Take, for example, the fact that many retailers now offer thicker, sturdier plastic bags at checkout. Their reasoning is that these 'bags for life' are more likely to be reused by shoppers than the flimsy ones that tear as soon as too much weight or a sharp corner is put into them. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. Shoppers who accept plastic bags are no more likely to bring them back if they're sturdy than if they're flimsy.

"In 2018, supermarkets put an estimated 903,000 tonnes of plastic packaging onto the market, an increase of 17,000 tonnes on the 2017 footprint. The surge is fuelled in part by a huge rise in the sale of 'bags for life' by 26 percent to 1.5bn, or 54 bags per household."

These thicker bags require far more plastic to manufacture, which means that far more goes to waste when they're not reused (which is usually the case). It can't even be called a Band-Aid solution because it exacerbates the problem, rather than offers a realistic solution.

As we've said time and again on TreeHugger, there has to be a cultural shift away from all this uni-directional packaging. We have to retrain ourselves to shop differently, to own a handful of reusable cloth bags that we remember to take with us and to bring our own containers for food. I don't think this is impossible; looking around me now at the grocery store I am frequently impressed by how many people have reusable bags. I'd say it's more common than not in my small Canadian town.

But not all responsibility lies with the consumer. We should be actively encouraged and incentivized by retailers to bring our own bags and containers; after all, we're saving them money by providing the packaging.

The report says, "This is an area ripe for major transformation, as currently almost all products are sold in one-way packaging... Supermarkets need to buck up and think bigger. They must change their stores to offer loose food dispensers, reusable packaging, and move away from throwaway packaging altogether."

'Bags of life', as they're called, do not get reused nearly as much as retailers would like to believe.

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Steven Wohlwender/ @wohlwender When Jacqueline Adan compelled herself to be vulnerable in this really raw way, she learned she had even more tenacity than she realized.

My legs have been my biggest insecurity for as long as I can remember. Even after losing300 pounds over the past seven years, I still struggle to embrace my legs, especially because of the loose skin my extreme weight loss has left behind.

You see, my legs are where I've always held most of my weight. Before and after my weight loss, just now, it's extra skin weighing me down. Every time I lift my leg or step up, the extra skin adds additional tension and weight and pulls on my body. My hips and knees have given out more times than I can count. Because of that constant tension, I'm always in pain. But most of my resentment toward my legs comes from simply hating the way they look.

Throughout my weight loss journey, there has never been a moment when Ive looked in the mirror and said, oh my gosh, my legs have changed so much, and Im actually learning to love them". For me, they went from worse to, well, worse. But I know Im my hardest critic and that my legs might look different to me than they do anyone else. Even though I could sit here all day and preach about how the loose skin on my legs is a battle wound from all the hard work Ive put into gaining back my health, that wouldn't be entirely honest. Yes, my legs have carried me through the most challenging parts of my life, but at the end of the day, they make me extremely self-conscious and I knew deep down that I had to do something to get over that.

When youre on a weight loss journey like mine, goals are key. One of my biggest goals has always been to go to the gym and work out in shorts for the first time. That goal came to the forefront earlier this year when I decided it was time to get skin removal surgery on my legs. I kept thinking about how amazing I would feel both physically and emotionally and wondered if, after surgery, Id finally feel comfortable enough to go to the gym in shorts. (Related: Jacqueline Adan Is Opening Up About Being Body-Shamed By Her Doctor)

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how crazy that was. I was basically telling myself to waitagainfor something Id been dreaming of doing for years. And for what? Because I felt that if my legs looked different, Id finally have the confidence and courage I needed to go out there with bare limbs? It took weeks of conversations with myself for me to realize that waiting several more months to accomplish a goal that I could achieve today, wasn't right. It wasnt fair to my journey or to my body, which has been there for me through thick and thin. (Related: Jacqueline Adan Wants You to Know That Losing Weight Won't Magically Make You Happy)

So, a week before I was set to have my skin removal surgery, I decided it was time. I went out and bought myself a pair of exercise shorts and decided to overcome one of my lifes biggest fears.

Scared doesnt even begin to describe how I felt the day I decided to go through with wearing shorts. While the appearance of my legs definitely held me back from wanting to work out in shorts, I was also worried about how my body would handle it physically. Up until that point, compression socks and leggings had been my BFFs during workouts. They hold my loose skin together, which still hurts and pulls when it moves around during exercises. So to have my skin exposed and untamed was concerning, to say the least.

My plan was to take a 50-minute cardio and strength training class at my local gym Basecamp Fitness surrounded by the trainers and classmates that have supported me through my journey. For some people, that scenario might offer a sense of comfort but for me, exposing my vulnerability to the people I see and work out with every day, was nerve-wracking. These werent people Id were shorts in front of and never see again. I was going to continue seeing them every time I went to the gym, and that made being vulnerable around even more challenging.

That being said, I knew these people were also a part of my support system. They would be able to appreciate how difficult this act of wearing shorts was for me. They had seen the work Id put in to get to this point and there was some comfort in that. Admittedly, I still thought about packing a pair of leggings in my gym bagyou know, just in case I flaked out. Knowing that would just defeat the purpose, before leaving the house, I took a moment, looked in the mirror with welled up eyes and told myself that I was strong, powerful and completely capable of doing this. There was no backing out. (Related: How Your Friends Can Help You Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals)

I didn't know it then but the toughest part for me was walking into the gym. There were just so many unknowns. I wasnt sure how I was going to feel both physically and emotionally, I didnt know if people would stare, ask me questions or comment about how I looked. As I sat in my car all the what ifs swarmed through my mind and I felt panicked while my fiance did his best to talk me down, reminding me why I decided to do this in the first place. Finally, after waiting until no one was walking by on the street, I stepped out of the car and walked toward the gym. Before I could even get to the door I stopped, hiding my legs behind a trash can because of how uncomfortable and exposed I felt. But once I finally made it through the doors, I realized there was no turning back. Id made it this far so I was going to give the experience my all. (Related: How to Scare Yourself Into Being Stronger, Healthier, and Happier)

My nerves were still at an all-time high when I walked into the classroom to meet the other clients and our instructor, but once I joined the group, everyone treated me like it was just another day. Like there was nothing different about me or the way I looked. At that moment I let out a huge sigh of relief and for the first time truly believed that I was going to make it through the next 50 minutes. I knew everyone there was going to support me, love me and not pass negative judgments. Slowly but surely, I felt my nervousness transform into excitement.

When the workout began, I jumped right into it and, like everyone else, decided to treat it like a regular workout.

That said, there were definitely some movements that made me self-conscious. Like when we were doing deadlifts with weights. I kept thinking about how the back of my legs looked in the shorts every time I bent over. There was also a move where we were laying on our backs and doing leg lifts that made my heart jump into my throat. In those moments, my classmates stepped up with words of encouragement telling me you got this, which really helped me pull through. I was reminded that everyone was there to support each other and didnt care about what we saw in the mirror.

Throughout the workout, I was waiting for the pain to hit. But as I used the TRX bands and weights, my skin didnt hurt any more than it usually did. I was able to do everything I would typically do while wearing compression leggings with pretty much the same level of pain. It also helped that the workout didnt have a lot of plyometric movements, which often do cause more pain. (Related:How to Train Your Body to Feel Less Pain When Working Out)

Perhaps the most powerful exercise during those 50-minutes was when I was on the AssaultBike. A friend of mine on the bike next to me turned and asked how I was feeling. In particular, the friend asked if it felt nice to feel the breeze on my legs from the wind generated from the bike. It was such a simple question, but it really got to me.

Up until that point, I'd spent my whole life covering up my legs. It made me realize that at that moment, I finally felt free. I felt free to be myself, show myself for who I am, embrace my skin, and practice self-love. No matter what anyone thought about me, I was so happy and proud of myself for being able to do something that terrified me so much. It proved just how much Id grown and how fortunate I was to be a part of a supportive community that helped bring one of my biggest goals to life.

To date, Ive lost more than 300 pounds and have undergone skin removal surgery on my arms, stomach, back, and legs. Plus, as I continue to lose more weight, it's likely that I'll go under the knife again. This road has been long and hard, and Im still not sure where it ends. Yes, I've overcome so much, but it is still difficult to find moments where Im able to truly sit down and say that Im proud of myself. Working out in shorts was one of those moments. My biggest takeaway from the experience was the feeling of pride and strength I felt for accomplishing something Id dreamed of for so long. (Related: The Many Health Benefits of Trying New Things)

Choosing to put yourself in an uncomfortable situation is difficult, but, for me, being able to do something that was so challenging for me and staring at my biggest insecurity in the eye, proved that I was capable of anything. It wasnt just about putting on a pair of shorts, it was about exposing my vulnerabilities and loving myself enough to do it. There was an immense sense of power in being able to do that for myself, but my biggest hope is to inspire other people to realize that we all have what it takes to do what scares us the most. You just have to go for it.

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ANTHONY JOSHUA has claimed he could weigh less than 17 stone for this weekend's must-win rematch - for the first time since 2014.

The British powerhouse insisted he is "punching like a horse kicking backwards" after slimming down for the Saudi Arabia showdown against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua, 30, looked a shadow of his former self as he showed off his body transformation at an open workout this week.

He weighed a whopping 17st 9lbs before he was dethroned by the chubby Mexican on June 1 in New York.

After being decked four times before the fight was called off, Joshua knew he had to change his game plan for the rematch.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "I may be less than 17 stone. I'm punching loose and heavy - rhythm and flow.

"Before I was trying to bench press a house. I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport.

"I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now.

"When Muhammad Ali was training, he said he would build a shack to train in.

"There are clues to success and you have to go back to what it takes to be a great heavyweight champion.

"We had to bring in hard, rough sparring partners. I brought in the toughest and roughest."

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Joshua's weight has fluctuated throughout his career, but the Watford-born bruiser has always maintained a muscular physique.

The Brit weighed 16st 6 3/4lbs when he made his professional debut against Emanuele Leo in October 2013.

And he hit an all-time low when he weighed in at 16st 5lbs for his win over Hrvoke Kisicek in November 2013.

Just three months later, he returned to the ring at a menacing 17st 3 1/2lbs to take on Dorian Darch.

After Tyson Fury mocked his "bodybuilding" physique in 2016, AJ joked: "They're hating on my beach body. If they want, I'll give them some sessions. They can come train with me."

And the orthodox champion was at his biggest when he took on Carlos Takam at 18st 2lbs in 2017.

But the 30-year-old has gone back to basics in a desperate attempt to win back his heavyweight titles this weekend.

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Anthony Joshua's career weights

Ruiz Jr was by far the biggest opponent that Joshua has come up against after he stormed into the ring at 19st 2lbs.

The Mexican, who has since swapped Snickers for avocado and spinach omelettes, is aware of AJ's plan to lose weight.

He told BBC Sport: "I know he lost weight and that he will try and box me around, so it's my job to prevent that."

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SportBoxingBritish fighter enters rematch much lighter than when defeated in June after ditching weights and focusing on technique

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Anthony Joshua will cede more than three stone in his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jnr after weighing-in significantly lighter than when the two men met in New York in June.

The British fighter, then an undefeated world champion, was stunned by the paunchy Mexican-American who slipped through his defences and knocked him down in round seven.

Joshuahas trimmed down ahead of the second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown with an eye on taking the contest deep into the latter rounds, saying he expects a "marathon, not a sprint".

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The 30-year-old, who weighed 17st 7lb for the first bout at Madison Square Garden, comes in at less than 17st for the rematch after ditching heavy weight-lifting and refocusing on his technique.

His rival has added weight for this contest, adding 15 pounds since June.

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Anthony Joshua: 16st 13lbs

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The Briton has been taking advice on his training regime and diet from former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his bid to reclaim the title at the fight dubbed the 'Clash on the Dunes'.

"I may be less than 17 stone," Joshua said. "I'm punching loose and heavy - rhythm and flow.

"Before I was trying to bench-press a house. I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport. I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now."

Ruiz, however, said he would not 'underestimate'Joshuaand that he had his own strategies to counter the former Olympic champion.

"I know he lost weight and that he will try and box me around," Ruiz added. "So it's my job to prevent that.

"[In the June bout] I was the one who had the strength, the one backing him up. When I jabbed I pushed him away."

Joshuabelieves this will not be the last time the two fight each other and predicted a third bout in the future if Ruiz was up for it.

"This ain't going to be the last time I see Ruiz in the ring,"Joshuasaid. "We make for good fights.

"I think there's definitely gonna be a knockout and that is what people want to see, bloodshed and knockouts."

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When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw its a necessity.

The 27-year-old author and speaker who, alongside his fiance, Hannah Aylward, is one half of the YouTube duo Squirmy and Grubs has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that affects motor neurons and causes muscle wasting and weakness. The disorder contorted his limbs and he has used a wheelchair for mobility since he was 2 years old. Today, he uses a motorized wheelchair custom-fitted to his diminutive, 65-lb. frame, but to board an airplane, he's required to give it up. Instead, Aylward must carry Burcaw onto the plane, and from there, transfer him into a child's car seat, which provides limited support and does not fit his body (thus, the foam).

When you hear about the injuries and the discomfort and the embarrassment that wheelchair users have faced when flying," Burcaw said, "it becomes pretty obvious that theyre not being treated in a very humane way with these rules."

Indeed, regulations prohibit passengers from sitting in their own wheelchairs on planes, and, as a result, 29 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which dramatically increased American wheelchair users access to buses, trains, and other essential 21st century infrastructure, airplanes remain stubbornly inaccessible. For many wheelchair users, the experience of flying is stressful, painful, and sometimes humiliating. For some, it is simply impossible.

Emily Ladau, a disability rights activist, writer, and public speaker, does deep-breathing exercises to manage her anxiety as airport staff take her wheelchair away. She likens the experience to watching someone walk off with her legs. Things arent much better onboard. Airplane seats are designed for the quote-unquote average person, Ladau said. I'm nowhere near the quote-unquote average person. At 46, she does not fit the seat easily. Her legs dangle. She cannot align her posture. Its very uncomfortable, she said.

The explicit rationale behind the regulations involves safety. Last year, in response to questions about wheelchair access, a major airline industry group told Aviation Week that aircraft seats are constructed to meet rigorous safety regulations that include survivability at several times the force of gravity. So at the present time, these certified aircraft seats are the only permissible seating for all passengers.

The group went on to explain that such certification is not imposed on other modes of transport. "This is why trains or buses, for instance," the group said, "can accommodate a wider range of options.

But a closer look at the history and science of airplane and wheelchair safety tells a more complicated story. It is true that airplane seats can withstand forces several times the force of gravity. But so can wheelchair restraint systems and in many cases, they are tested to a more exacting standard than your typical airplane seat.

That discrepancy along with a growing chorus of advocates arguing that the experiences of wheelchair users like Landau and Burcaw are unacceptable has spurred a new push to finally make air travel more fair and accessible. Whether and how soon that might happen, however, is difficult to say. The ADA, after all, specifically excludes air travel from the accommodations it prescribes for other forms of public transit. And in any event, carving out a place for wheelchairs on commercial aircraft depends on the same complex blend of economics, politics, and physics that underlies every square inch of airplane design.

For disability advocates, however, change cannot come soon enough.

Youre basically giving disabled people yet another reason to feel like society wants us shut into our homes and doesnt want us going anywhere, said Ladau, adding: Its time to quit shutting us out of such a ubiquitous mode of travel.

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Airplane safety standards have a long, fractious history in the United States. Those narrow, reclining seats have been subject to decades of fierce debate among industry players, regulatory bodies, and experts in crash survivability, all arguing over what design, exactly, best balances the competing needs of cost, weight, and safety.

Horrific crashes may capture the public imagination, but the majority of airplane accidents are, in fact, survivable. Most people think, If Im in an airplane crash, I'm going to die. And nothing could be further from the truth, said Dennis Shanahan, a surgeon, pilot, and air crash survivability expert with decades of military and private sector experience. Shanahan estimates that 85 percent of crashes are quite survivable, including crash landings, tarmac incidents, and lower-speed crashes during takeoff and landing.

When a plane makes impact with the ground or the water, the curved aluminum alloy of the fuselage helps protect occupants from the blow. But the rapid deceleration also produces tremendous forces inside the plane, warping and tearing up seats, slinging loose luggage around the cabin, and throwing occupants forward, like so many eggs knocking together.

To limit that damage, in the 1950s regulators began requiring commercial airplanes to have seats that could withstand forces nine times greater than the force of gravity, or 9 Gs. But, by the 1970s, the National Transportation Safety Board had begun to express concerns that these seats were performing poorly. In 1987, Congress charged the Department of Transportation with exploring seat safety, and, the next year, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a rule requiring all newly designed airplanes to incorporate 16 G seats. On top of that, the FAA floated two provisional rules one that would require all newly manufactured planes, even using old designs, to use 16 G seats, and another requiring airlines to retrofit their existing planes with the upgraded seats.

The aviation industry responded with dismay, particularly around the perceived difficulty of meeting new head-impact safety standards. The new seats would also be more expensive and heavier to carry, increasing fuel costs in an industry that often runs on small profit margins. In the face of industry backlash, the FAA announced that it would delay the provisional rules.

In order to justify the safety benefits of 16 G seats, the FAA commissioned RGW Cherry and Associates, a British aerospace engineering consulting firm, to produce an independent estimate of whether or not 16 G seats would save many lives. The Cherry team did an exhaustive database search looking for serious crashes that had been deemed survivable and that involved U.S.-regulated planes lacking 16 G seats. The consultants identified 25 crashes to analyze between the years of 1984 and 1998. The resulting report, released in 2000, documents in forensic detail how seats buckled and warped under pressure, crushing passengers legs and cracking their vertebrae. An upgrade to 16 G seats, the researchers estimated, would have saved between 41 and 83 lives and prevented between 34 and 97 serious injuries.

In delicate language, the FAA converted those lives saved and injuries averted into a dollar value and then balanced that final total against the cost of upgrading the countrys aviation fleet with 16 G seats. The analysis came out in favor of an upgrade.

According to FAA records, industry leaders, especially Boeing, vigorously contested the findings. Representatives of Boeing argued that the cost-benefit analysis was inaccurate because plane travel had grown safer overall, and that the Cherry report was mostly guesswork. (Today, a post on the companys website lists 16 G seats among the safety features that define modern aviation).

In response to industry pressure and the events of September 11th, 2001, the FAA continued to delay a ruling. Its final decision, issued in 2005, gave airlines four years to become compliant with standards on newly manufactured planes. (It also removed any requirement to retrofit planes with 16 G seats, meaning that, in theory, old planes could still be flying today with 9 G seats.)

In September 2009 more than 22 years after Congress requested new seat guidelines, and nearly 30 years after the National Transportation Safety Board issued its formal recommendation the 16 G change went fully into effect for new airplanes.

But according to Shanahan, the crash survivability expert, even that standard is a compromise. U.S. military testing shows that upgraded lap-belt restraints could allow many people to survive impacts as high as 25 Gs. High-tech restraint systems in race cars have even allowed people to withstand forces upwards of 100 G. Were making a conscious compromise on saving individuals from crashes, says Shanahan. And one has to do, for practical and economic reasons.

In other words, airplane seats today are the culmination of years of discord and ultimate compromises that blend concerns for both safety and cost. Adding wheelchairs to the mix was always going to be complicated and it would require a grassroots approach on the part of advocates to get even preliminary research on that front off the ground.

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Eight years ago, Michele Erwin wanted to take her son, Greyson, on a trip from their home on Long Island, New York to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Greyson, now 12, also has spinal muscular atrophy, and Erwin, who is able-bodied, says she learned quickly on that trip how difficult air travel can be for wheelchair users and she worried that as her son grew, flying might well become in possible.

The experience sent Erwin online where she began reading in earnest about wheelchair restraint systems. It wasn't long, she recalls, before she came across a news release announcing that a system built by QStraint, a wheelchair securement company based in Florida, had recently passed a test exposing it 20 Gs.

I'm not an engineer, Erwin said. I am just this mom, who, quite honestly, works in the apparel industry. And I was like, Wow, whats the standard for airplane seats?

When she learned it was only 16 Gs, Erwin got in touch with QStraint to ask if they were working on airplane-specific systems. They were not. She also contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and was told that the agency didnt have the funding to test the restraints. So Erwin decided to tackle the issue herself. She started All Wheels Up, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding and conducting the initial research into wheelchair-accessible air travel.

In most years, All Wheels Up operates on a budget of less than $20,000, relying on donors to supply the equipment for testing. Erwin, the president, does not draw a salary, and the organization has no paid staff. They spent their first round of fundraising on an animation to help people visualize a wheelchair accessible plane. From there, they began lobbying members of Congress, backing a provision for a feasibility study introduced into the 2016 FAA Reauthorization Act. The provision introduced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered service organization was ultimately struck from the bill, which ended up stalling in Congress anyway.

I have days when Im like, I just cant do this anymore, I'm going to quit, Erwin said. There are days when I have absolutely no money in the bank account, and Im working 40 hours a week on this, and Im like, Am I the only person who cares?

Then she gets a nice note or a small donation, which she says pushes her forward and indeed, a growing number of wheelchair users are invested in her fight. In the decades that the FAA and the airline industry were wrangling over seat standards, flying was becoming a much more common and accessible part of American life. Ticket prices dropped steadily after industry deregulation in the 1970s, and by the late 1990s, close to 50 percent of Americans took at least one flight per year, according to Gallup survey data.

At the same time, transportation infrastructure was becoming more accessible. The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, and supplemented by final regulations from the Department of Transportation, imposed significant requirements on public bus systems, trains, and some private bus and taxi fleets when it comes to making accommodations for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. But the legislation does not extend to air travel.

Instead, air carriers have to comply with a separate piece of legislation, the Air Carrier Access Act. William Goren, an attorney specializing in disability access law, says that law gives the Department of Transportation a lot of leeway to set its own rules, and offers few routes for disabled travelers to seek redress when they feel their rights have been violated. If something goes wrong, the plaintiff really has no recourse, Goren said.

The result is that air travel remains challenging or impossible for many wheelchair users. Tiara Simmons Mercius, a legal assistant and disability rights activist in California, for example, says she she has largely stopped flying at all in part out of fear that her wheelchair will be damaged by baggage handlers or in transit, a common occurrence that can create serious mobility issues. That may sound like a personal choice, but for Simmons Mercius and thousands like her, it's one that they feel they are forced into by circumstance. That choice is being influenced by the fear that my medical equipment will be broken by the time I get off the plane," she said, "and I will be stuck."

If Erwin and other advocates are successful, such stark tradeoffs might one day become a thing of the past particularly as technological advances, and even current realities, begin to challenge the safety justifications for keeping wheelchairs off planes in the first place. Indeed, as the ADA pushed transit systems around the country to become more accessible, it also expanded the market for wheelchair restraint systems. Companies like QStraint, which was founded in 1984, began to design and sell sophisticated systems for restraining wheelchairs in automobile accidents. Some of these systems use straps, similar to seatbelts, to hold a wheelchair in place under the strain of a crash. Others use mechanisms that temporarily secure the chair to the vehicle floor.

Because vehicular crashes can be extremely violent, there was pressure for wheelchair manufacturers and wheelchair restraint system designers to meet high crash standards. The federal government does not issue binding standards for wheelchair and wheelchair restraint crash safety, but widely accepted voluntary guidelines, developed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, or RESNA, require manufacturers to test their products against what's called a 20 G/30 mile-per-hour standard.

In a 20 G/30 mph test, a chair or its restraint is exposed to a 30 mph change of velocity in less than one-tenth of a second, generating forces 20 times that of gravity. A 200-pound chair with a 150-pound dummy would, during the test, briefly experience forces upwards of 3.5 tons.

If this sounds more rigorous than airplane seat standards, thats because it is. Most of the requirements for an airline seat, in terms of its strength and crash response, are less stringent than for vehicle seats, said Miriam Manary, a lead engineer at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Manary, an expert in the crashworthiness of wheelchairs and wheelchair restraints, also helps write the RESNA standards.

A lot of the characteristics you'd need to have a wheelchair serve as a successful airplane seat are already happening in what we're doing making them suitable for motor vehicle seats, she said.

Still, the precise angles and specifications used to test airline seats are different from those applied to wheelchairs. And that's where Erwin, in her quest to have the efficacy of Q'Straint's wheelchair restraint systems tested for air travel, thought she could make a difference. I Googled FAA-approved crash test facilities. And I think I called three or four, Erwin recalled. And Calspan was the one that actually agreed to doing the test.

Calspan, a facility in Buffalo, New York, has been testing aviation equipment since the 1940s. No one had ever tried to run aviation-style tests on wheelchairs before, but they were willing to give it a try. QStraint donated a surrogate chair made of welded steel tubing and plates for the testing. These chairs can be fitted with various seating systems and can be reused in multiple tests. Erwin commissioned a custom-made sled to hold it and run it down the testing track.

In September 2016, Erwin flew from Texas where she now lives to Buffalo. There, she and the Calspan team got to work, testing two different QStraint securement systems against the specifications that the FAA recommends for airplane seats. The Calspan team placed a test dummy on the surrogate wheelchair, itself secured to the sled. The engineers then pumped pressurized gas into a cylinder and with the release of a final pulse of highly pressurized air, propelled a plunger-like arm forward in the space of a few milliseconds. The arm rapidly accelerated the dummy and the chair, briefly placing them under forces of up to 16 Gs. All of the wheelchair restraint systems met the FAA seat standard.

When Erwin returned to Calspan in January of this year this time to test the setup using actual wheelchair models rather than a surrogate the mood in the room was different. In 2016, when I went to the FAA testing site, I was the only person there, she remembers. Nobody joined me. I was crazy. In 2016, everybody expected failure.

This year, she said, we had 13 people in attendance, five companies, everybody anticipating what is going to happen today.

Once again, the wheelchairs met the standards requirements, and now Erwin hopes to convince airlines that accessibility can be cost-effective. We dont have an emotional platform, she said. Everything that were doing is based on the facts and the figures and research. To this end, All Wheels Up is partnering with academics to produce budget impact models.

Because dedicating one or two front-row seats for a wheelchair securement spot could be costly, All Wheels Up is working with designers on a system that would allow a regular airline seat to be plugged into the securement spot whenever a wheelchair is not in use. Such a system could minimize costs for airlines, and at least in theory, accessible planes could also attract customers and reduce the costs to airlines that come from tarmac delays and reimbursements for damaged wheelchairs, Erwin said.

The systems are there, said Bill Ott, vice president of global engineering for QStraint. Ott says he would like to work with airlines and manufacturers to figure out how to design accessible seating that can work with their business model.

There have been signs of progress. In late September, for the second time, All Wheels Up convened a working group of aviation or wheelchair industry leaders, intended to discuss and explore wheelchair accessibility options. Boeing and Airbus sent representatives. So did Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines. Wheelchair manufacturers were there as well.

In the United Kingdom, a group called Flying Disabled is trying to change British aircraft regulations to permit wheelchairs on planes, while the organization Paralyzed Veterans of America is continuing to advocate for greater airplane accessibility in the United States. And Peter Axelson, an accessibility expert, pilot, and engineer in Nevada, is working with RESNA to produce standards that will make it easier for wheelchair passengers to board planes, and that aim to reduce damage to wheelchairs when they are stowed underneath aircraft.

The federal government has gotten more involved, too. The most recent FAA Reauthorization Act, passed in 2018 with help from Erwin and her allies, included a provision requiring the Department of Transportation to research in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems. The U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency that develops accessibility standards, will oversee the research. In mid-October, the Access Board announced that it had tasked the Transportation Research Board, a unit of the National Academy of Sciences, with convening an expert panel to investigate the issue.

Dave Yanchulis, the director of the Access Boards Office of Technical and Information Services, stressed that the board is required to study only one, very specific question: The feasibility of the restraint system. It could be another two years until the group releases its initial findings. Yanchulis could not confirm whether the panel would conduct actual crash-testing research, or just review existing data.

In the meantime, All Wheels Up plans to return to Congress in January to push for more funding for research into wheelchair safety. Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and wheelchair user, has been a supporter.

Still, when it comes to actually bringing wheelchairs on flights, there are other hurdles beside safety and cost. As Ott and Manary both pointed out, wheelchairs would need to be able to navigate the tight turn onto an aircraft. And regulators would have to figure out how to accommodate the many different kinds of wheelchairs that people use. In addition, advocates will almost certainly need to convince individual airlines to embrace the cause and that will take time. In a written statement to Undark, American Airlines wrote that, because all wheelchairs are unique to their user in size, weight, and features, it is a complicated process to determine just what is feasible onboard an aircraft.

The disability community, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers are working together to look at this issue," the statement continued, "but as its so complicated, there will not be a quick resolution."

Delta and United the other members of the so-called Big Three U.S. airlines did not provide answers to a brief list of questions.

It's not happening fast enough, but so it goes with government regulation, said Ladau. And, in the meantime, disabled people are continually dealing with the consequences."

That frustration has boiled over on social media. In August, Delta released a video on its social media feeds spotlighting a philanthropic campaign that offered free flights to disabled children. On Twitter, many wheelchair users responded with anger, highlighting the basic lack of accessibility on airplanes, and what they perceive as a lack of commitment among airlines to solve the problem.

One of those people was Tiara Simmons Mercius, the disability rights activist in California. Online, Simmons Mercius chimed into the debate to share federal statistics about the rate of damage to wheelchairs, hundreds of which are damaged, lost, or delayed each month while being stored underneath planes. People throw fits right now because of carry-on luggage like they don't want to check their carry-on bag if its over the weight limit, and they have a fit. But they expect us to be OK with checking in and being separated from our legs or medical equipment!

Burcaw, the author and YouTube influencer, made a video earlier this year spotlighting the challenges he faces on planes. While he was met with much support, he and his fiance, Aylward, also faced some blowback from commenters. There were a lot of people who suddenly fancied themselves to be engineers who were telling me all the reasons why this would never work, Burcaw said, laughing.

I would venture to guess, he added, that many of those people have flown in an airplane before and didnt have to worry about being taken out of their wheelchair.

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Tia's proudly revealing her progress in the gym.

Tia Mowry, also known as Tia Mowry-Hardrict, proudly showed off her post-baby weight loss and her progress getting back into shape after becoming a mom for the second time. In a new Instagram post shared on December 3, the 41-year-old actress once again got very candid about her struggles to bounce back after giving birth as she posted two videos of herself working out.

The inspiring upload contained a clip of the beauty getting in an outdoor workout while wearing gym gear. Tia treated her 7 million followers to a look at herself in a black tank top and skintight black leggings with a blue stripe all the way up her leg.

With her dark hair tied up away from her face in a tight bun and a pair of large hoop earrings in her ears, the mom of two repeatedly took a big step back and lifted her knee up towards the wall.

She didnt reveal exactly when that video was taken, but she urged fans to swipe right to the second video to see how much weight shes lost and how much shes progressed 18 months after she welcomed her daughter into the world.

In the second video, the mom of two rocked another black top, this time with tight black gym leggings with gray and white stripes across her thighs.

Tia undoubtedly looked more toned, as well as happy and healthy, in the second video as she proudly showed off all her progress in the gym.

The Family Reunion star appeared to go makeup-free for her workout and still looked stunning. She put in a whole lot of hard work as she slid her leg backwards and forwards.

She revealed in the caption that the two-video upload was posted to encourage other moms to feel more confident after having a baby, as she told her fellow moms to embrace themselves after giving birth.

Tamera Mowrys identical twin wrote in the caption that it had taken her 18 months to start feeling [herself] again, and she urged her followers to practice self-care.

Both clips were set to the sound of Beyonces empowering 2011 hit, Run the World (Girls).

The upload has received more than 188,000 likes in the first 21 hours since Tia shared it with her followers, while the comments section was overrun with praise for the actress.

I love you! Thank you for being real and showing young women that you dont have to starve yourself, chop up your body after giving birth, one fan commented on the upload.

The snap back isnt the most important thing. Take your time and do whats right for you both mentally and physically, they added.

Another impressed fan wrote, Love that you the REAL progress and not the photoshopped body. It help me alot with my insecurities. I am 11 months post baby.

Tia has been very open about her struggles to lose weight after she and husband Cory Hardrict welcomed their daughter Cairo into the world in May 2018.

Back in October, the beauty proudly showed off her post-baby body in a skintight blue onesie as she shared a powerful message about getting back in shape and how she was called fat after giving birth.

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After 2019, TV will never be the same.

This year, TV got bigger than we ever could have imagined back when there were only three channels. Over 500 scripted series premiered new episodes, two major new streaming services (Apple TV+ and Disney+)debuted, "Star Wars" and Meryl Streep came to TV and"Game of Thrones" ended with massive ratingsbut disappointed fans. Andyet we still are mostly talking about where we'll be able to easily access reruns of "Friends."

But there were some really fantastic TV series we hope some of you managed to watch betweenall the Twitter reactionsand marathons of Disney animated movies. And spoiler alert: "Thrones" and its terrible ending didn't make the cut.

You still have plenty of time beforeNew Year's Day to catch up on USA TODAY's top 25 series of 2019.

Joe (Penn Badgley) stalks a new woman (Victoria Pedretti) in "You" Season 2.(Photo: Tyler Golden/Netflix)

The soapy thriller starring Penn Badgleywas a pleasant surprise in its original home on Lifetime, and becamea sensation once it moved to Netflix, which will stream its second season Dec. 26. The second outing with self-aggrandizing stalker (and murderer) Joe is just as addictive as the first, if a little repetitive. But of all the current series that traffic in bad men doing bad things, You remains one of the few that asks interesting questions about its bad guy.

Akin to The X-Files for religion in which a psychologist, a priest-in-training and a tech expert investigate claims of miracles and demonic possessions "Evil"is a hard sell on paper,buta surprisingly coherent and gripping series. Created by Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife and The Good Fight),it isthought-provoking as an investigation of organized, institutional religion and as a source ofthrilling horror stories about exorcisms and evildoers.

Paul Rudd is one of Hollywoods most charming (and ageless) actors, and he does welcome double duty in this dark comedy about a man who ends up with a clone that is significantly better at living his life. Full of existential angst and pratfalls, the series neatly balances comedy and drama. It's also a great showcase for Irish actress Aisling Bea, who turns in a breakout performance that isnt overshadowed by Rudds star power.

Ken Burns rarely disappoints. The legendary filmmaker turned his lens on the history of a uniquely American musicgenre for this 18-part documentary that traced its roots and rise. Itmay have also changed some mindsabout what country music really is and who it is for.

Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and Caleb McLaughlin in Stranger Things 3 .(Photo: Netflix.)

After a disappointing and derivative second season, the '80s-setsupernatural series Netflix's most popularreturned with new episodes that took more risksand repeated fewer plot points. With the Soviets as new villains, new horror inspirations for the monsters and new relationships to explore particularly the friendship between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink)the series crafted a third season that was almost as captivating as its breakout first.

In our current nostalgia-obsessed TV era, there are plenty of truly terriblereboots, remakes and revivals (Fuller House"), but sometimes bringing back the original cast and creators years or even decades later results in good TV. The most successful attempt in recent years is Veronica Mars, thecult neo-noir series canceled by CW in 2003, revived in 2014 for a movie and brought back yet again foreight episodes by Hulu. Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas found a mystery worth Veronicas talents, and room for the beloved-but-damaged detective to grow. Its shocker ending divided fans, but nothing about the new Mars felt cheap, forced or dated, and thats a true achievement.

If you missed this small but mighty newsketch comedy series in August, it's worth catching up on all six episodes of the hilarious first season. Created by Robin Thede and produced by Issa Rae (Insecure), the series'talentedblack women comedians excelin sketches that are unique to their experiences and universal in their humor.

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca, Billy Porter as Pray Tell on "Pose."(Photo: Michael Parmelee/FX)

FXs groundbreaking LGBTQ drama became bigger and more intimate in its excellent second season, homing in on its best characters while making its stories more ambitious, tragic and complex. The season was more focused and compelling than its promising first year, with especially strong performances from Emmy-winningBilly Porter as Pray Tell, Mj Rodriguez as Blanca and Indya Moore as Angel.

There is nothing particularly revolutionary about thisprocedural drama starring Cobie Smulders, but it stands out among the new network offeringsthis year because of thethoughtful and fresh way the writersmake age-old detective stories. Smulders shines as Dex Parios, a deeply caring if not alwayssmooth private investigator, and her performance elevates Stumptown beyond just-another-network-cop-show.

Despite getting a little more fantastical every year, CBS All Access Good Wife spinoff is still the dramathat best captures the current sociopolitical era. Its third season, with the addition of Michael Sheen as a Roy Cohn-inspired lawyer, was a little wackywithout getting too weird, with smart scripts and great performances, most notably from Christine Baranski and Audra MacDonald.

This prequel to Jim Hensons 1982 film manages to go above and beyond the beloved original. On aesthetics alone, the series is a huge achievement, but it also tells a fantasy story as lofty and politically complex as Game of Thrones.That Crystal manages to make fully-realized characters and plots through mesmerizing puppetry rounds out a superb epic.

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II on "The Crown."(Photo: Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix)

God save the Queen, whoever happens to be playing her. Netflixs British royalsdrama proved it can go deep into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by successfully swapping its original cast for an older set of actors, including Oscar winner Olivia Colman in the lead role (previously played by Emmy winner Claire Foy). The third season has a few bumps, and struggles to make Elizabeth the center of her own story, but the addition ofa young Prince Charles(Josh OConnor) and his romantic escapadesmakes up for Colmans brief screen time.

Like a cheap bottle of wine at Target, Superstore just gets better with age.NBCs workplace comedy is smarter and funnier every season, and 2019 episodes represent the show at its peak."Superstore" kept its stories and character dynamics fresh this year by promoting Amy (America Ferrera) to manager of the Cloud 9 big box store, changing her socioeconomic status in an instant and drastically altering her relationship with her co-workers, includingboyfriend Jonah (Ben Feldman).

Kayvan Novak as Nandor and Harvey Guillen as Guillermo on "What We Do in the Shadows."(Photo: John P Johnson/FX)

Based on the cult 2014 film from Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (who directed Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit), Shadows is the funniest showthis year, an outright bacchanaliaof vampiric failures, energy draining and nerdy virgins. The comedy moves its focus from hapless vampires in New Zealand to an even more inept clan in Staten Island, New York, with lofty goals such as taking over the world via city council meetings.

The philosophical afterlife comedy hasnt been quite as brilliant in its fourth and final season, but even at 85% strength, Good Place is still smarter and funnier than most shows on TV. Nailing an ending to a series that asks questions as big as this one does (what does it take to be a good person?)is always tricky, and most crucially the series is staying true to its delightful characters.

At last, Saturday Night Live standout Aidy Bryant has a starring role worthy of her talents in Hulus Shrill. The actress finds a quieter side of her comedy in this Portland, Oregon-set series based on writer and fat-acceptance activist Lindy Wests memoir. It marksthe best portrayal of life as a plus-size woman on TV, neither patronizing nor unrealistic, and tells stories beyond its protagonists weighton a scale. With just six hilarious episodes, its one of the few TV series that would have excelled if it had expanded.

Merritt Weaver, left, and Toni Collette play detectives who initially butt heads but learn to work together in Netflix miniseries "Unbelievable."(Photo: Beth Dubber/Netflix)

True-crime stories can be many things:seedy, enthralling,vindicating, angering or satisfying. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica article, "Unbelievable" is both infuriating and triumphant, highlighting the deep flaws in our criminal justice system while also celebrating the work of two genuinely heroic policewomen. With a stellar cast, Unbelievable tells the story of a rape victim (Kaitlyn Dever) who isnt believed by police, and the two detectives (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) who bring her attacker to justice years later after he raped several more women.

As deeply emotional and affecting as it is unsettling, Amazons animated series gets under your skin,in a good way. The series' rotoscoping technique, in whichanimation is drawn over live footage, provides an eerie edge as it tells a magic-realist story of a stagnant 20-something woman (Rosa Salazar) who can travel in time and communicate with her dead father. But for every psychedelic trip Almatakes, she also takes a more grounded one as she tries to repair damaged relationships and plot her next course.

Christina Applegate gives her best performance in Netflix's black comedy about a widow who unknowingly befriends the woman (the great Linda Cardellini) who killed her husband. Twisty but not gimmicky, Dead is addictive. The series has an abundance of acting talent, includingJames Marsden, who finally gets a role that takes the sheen off his perfect smile.

Although it started off a bit unsurely, HBOs very loose adaptation of the graphic novel has blossomed into one of creator Damon Lindelofs best series, and from the man behind Lost and The Leftovers, thats some achievement. The series has asuperb cast including Regina King, Jean Smart, Jeremy Irons and Tim Blake Nelson that elevates smart scripts that get better as the season progresses. Lindelof and his writers find surprising ways to bring the superhero story from the 1980s into todays culture, helping Watchmen upend thecomic book formula once again.

Asante Blackk in "When They See Us," Ava DuVernay's retelling of the Central Park Five.(Photo: NETFLIX)

Ava DuVernays striking miniseries gives voice to the so-called Central Park Five, a group of five black and Latino youths wrongly convicted of assaultin one of the biggest trials of the 1980s. With an extremely talented group of young actors as the falsely accused adolescents Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome and Marquis Rodriguez the series brings the story to the screen as a brutal, unrelenting tragedy.

This British tragicomedy, starring and created by Daisy Haggard (Episodes), focuses on Miri, a woman who returns to her small seaside village after spending 18 years in prison for a crime that's explained as the series progresses. Although Miri has left iron bars and jumpsuits behind, her small town is a prison of its own, where she is hated by all but her parents, her new boss and her kindly neighbor. Touching on themes of forgiveness and deception, the series is breathtaking in its emotional scope, despite the small story it tells over just six episodes.

The brilliance of this historical miniseries, which chronicles the 1986 nuclear disaster at a power plant in Soviet Ukraine, creeps up on youas you watch its five episodes. Despite portraying so much death and despair, Chernobyl is never crass or exploitative, but rather it simply, anger-inducingly explainsthefailures and hubris that led to the disaster, and the people who tried to mitigate its consequences.

Among 2019's manytrue crime documentariesthat made viewers question established media narratives and powerful people, this one about two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse when they were children stood out. Wade Robson and James Safechuck were given a platform to tell their harrowing stories, and director Dan Reed is unflinching as he captures the pain and suffering of the men and their families. Tough to watch, it's also an eye-opening look at the lasting effects of abuse, and the way the media handles allegations against powerful men.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag in Amazon's "Fleabag."(Photo: Amazon)

Couldthere be anyother choice for No. 1? Phoebe Waller-Bridges dark comedy ran away with the 2019 Emmy Awardsfor good reason. Few series have ever been as emotionally affecting and brilliantly written as Fleabag in its second season. The story of a self-hating and self-destructive woman (Waller-Bridge) falling in love with a Catholic priest (Andrew Scott) was both a shocking sequel to the first and an exquisitely perfect ending to Fleabags tale. We'll miss her dearly.

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Im not here to slam the football recruiting rankings.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program. The recruiting analysts -- including The Os Andrew Nemec -- know what theyre doing and are more often right than wrong

But there is more to the story. Utah is a case in point.

Utah (11-1, 8-1) meets Oregon (10-2, 8-1) in the Pac-12 Championship Game at 5 p.m. Friday at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Utes havent been constructed with top-10 recruiting classes.

In fact, Utah generally is somewhere in the middle when the Pac-12s recruiting rankings are announced after the February signing period.

What Utah does exceptionally well is evaluate players with potential but without five stars and develop them.

This story from the Salt Lake Tribune explains why Utah spends more on football recruiting than any other public school in the conference. It is time and labor intensive to be that thorough. Utahs coaches take a lot of airplane trips.

Mike Rileys best teams at Oregon State also were built through superior evaluation and development. Current OSU coach Jonathan Smith is following a similar model.

He has to do it that way, because the Beavers rarely will win head-on recruiting battles with the national powers. Utah shows its still possible to be successful that way.

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The Os James Crepea takes an early look at Utah and its rugged defense ahead of the Pac-12 title game.

Aaron Fentress of The Athletic says the regression of the UO offense is baffling and alarming, and musters lots of video evidence to support his case.

Jason Vondersmith of the Portland Tribune: Oregon will have to jumpstart the offense against Utah.

Ducks expect Fridays game with Utah to be physical. (R-G)

Oregon center Jake Hanson is expected to play against Utah. He sat out the second half of the Civil War.

In this radio interview for John Canzanos radio show, Pac-12 studio analyst Nick Aliotti -- the former UO defensive coordinator -- says he wants the Ducks to turn Justin Herbert loose against Utah.

Utah has some unfinished business waiting on Friday in Santa Clara. (Deseret News)

Utah was remorseless en route to a second consecutive Pac-12 South title. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Utah has been able to dominate time of possession. (NBCSN)

UO analyst Prentice Gill takes a job at Arizona State.

Gill has strong recruiting connections to Southern California.

Pac-12 honors Oregon players Penei Sewell and Mykael Wright.

Oregon State lost the Civil War, but the season exceeded expectations. (Daily Barometer)

The Mercs Jon Wilner: With Lake in charge, who will run Washingtons offense?

More from Wilner: Chris Petersen leaves a massive legacy.

Writers from The Athletic kick around Petersens surprise departure, the Pac-12s championship game, the conferences end-of-the-year honors and other matters.

Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix tells Canzanos radio audience he expects Oklahoma to vault Utah in the playoff rankings.

Pac-12 notes by the G-Ts Steve Gress: Hungry Utah players say theyre ready for Oregon.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: The timing of Petersens decision to step down was surprising, but the signs were there.

Danny ONeil of 750-AM Seattle: Why Petersens departure is alarming.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo: Why Petersens stunning decision makes sense.

Dennis Dodd of CSBSports.com: The grind claims another top-shelf college coach.

Dad Wolken of USA Today: Can you blame major college coaches for wanting to take a break?

Stewart Mandel of The Athletic: Petersen always has done things his own way.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic: This is what makes Jimmy Lake such a successful coach.

Petersen steps away, Lake will succeed him. (Seattle Times)

How Lakes patience paid dividends. (The Athletic)

Some questions in the wake of Petersens departure. (The Athletic)

Ex-UW players praise Petersens legacy. (Seattle Times)

Petersens announcement catches Oregon coach Mario Cristobal and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham by surprise.

Lakes ascent is no surprise to those who were who remember him as an athlete and young coach. (Spokesman-Review)

With the staff changes at Arizona State, coach Herm Edwards NFL orientation becomes more pronounced. (The Athletic)

Sun Devils turn their attention to recruiting, and the offensive reboot. (Arizona Republic)

Jim Moore of 750-AM Seattle: Washington State coach Mike Leachs success isnt worth his shortcomings.

Washington State AD Pat Chun wont talk about Leachs personal attack on columnist John Blanchette, and or weight in on whether Leach should apologize. (CougFan)

Now its up to Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin to justify AD Dave Heekes vote of confidence. (Daily Star)

Pat Rooney of the Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado coach Mel Tucker is changing the culture, and its a good look.

Tucker sets a physical standard for the Buffaloes. (Boulder Daily Camera)

Two UCLA linebackers enter the transfer portal. (SCNG)

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