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Who is new Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains?

The Dolphins are, once again “shuffling the deck” to find some answers on offense. And this time. coach Adam Gase has gone to a former coach under him to try to assist.

Word broke Wednesday night that Gase is hiring former Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, for the same position in Miami. Loggains will replace Clyde Christensen, who will apparently be re-assigned on the offensive staff.

The fundamental questions are: exactly who is Loggains and what does his hire represent for the immediate future?

First, Loggains was not only the offensive coordinator and play caller for John Fox with the Bears the last two seasons, he replaced Gase in that role when he became the Fins coach. Loggains was previously the quarterback coach for Gase in Chicago in 2015, when, wait for it…… Jay Cutler was the Bears QB.

Loggains became available Monday when Fox was fired in Chicago.

Prevously, Loggains has been the QB coach of the Browns (we’ll slide right by that) and was also formerly the offensive coordinator and play caller in Tennessee for the Titans in for three seasons 2012-14.

He is a former backup QB at the University of Arkansas in college.

Now onto the second question:

Gase will still call the plays, but it’s believed that his lack of faith in Christensen’s game planning is the big motivation behind this move. It will be interesting, if Christensen, who has a 20+ year NFL career coaching QB’s and being an offensive coordinator previously in Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, will stick around.

The bigger “what if” is what happens now with Jay Cutler?

You don’t have to have a P.H.D to connect the dots that this move is also, in part, to see if Cutler will continue to play in 2018 with now, two guys, that he’s comfortable with from his Bears days.

And what does this mean for Ryan Tannehill, who for the second straight off season is coming off an injured ACL and facing an uncertain status, when training camp begins?

Time will tell, but for now, Adam Gase has the QB and the QB coach, he used to have in Chicago.

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Magic trick: Without Harden, Rockets post first dominant win in weeks

The Rockets (27-9) won their first game of James Harden‘s absence and second consecutive overall with a dominant 116-96 victory Wednesday in Orlando.

Our postgame Locked on Rockets recap examines all the key angles, including Chris Paul‘s excellence as a floor general (13 assists and a plus/minus of +23 in 32 minutes), a bounce-back performance from Clint Capela (21 points, 8 rebounds, +26 in 23 minutes) in his second game back from injury, and another hot night from Gerald Green behind the arc (27 points, 7-of-10 on threes).

The show also touches on the professionalism displayed by Houston in taking care of business early and saving minutes to key players for the second half of the back-to-back on Thursday vs. Golden State.

Reminder: Wednesday’s show is sponsored by Draft. Go to Draft.com or download the Draft app and use the promo code LOROCKETS, and play in a real-money fantasy basketball draft for free.

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Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park
Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania.

Location: Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park is secluded, surrounded by the 43,000-acre state forest also named Black Moshannon. Close to I-80 and I-99 on the Pennsylvania map, the park is in the southern reach of Pennsylvania’s forested northern tier in the west central area of the Keystone State. The closest town is Philipsburg.

This park is unique for its bogs and wetlands, which extend in wide areas around the 250-acre lake. The bog area is now protected by the state as a Natural Area and has increased in size to 1,992 acres with many trails as well as boardwalk overlooks. Unlike most bog habitats formed in Pennsylvania by the receding ice sheets, Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area stands at 1,900 feet above sea level on the Allegheny Plateau and was created not from the last ice age but from the less permeable sandstone just below the ground’s surface.

Groups of Native Americans probably hunted and fished here as long as ago as 10,000 years. The name Moshannon comes from a Lenape Indian term, Mos’hanna’unk, meaning “elk river place.” The “black” in the park name describes the dark, tea-colored waters, a result of local vegetation such as sphagnum moss tannins in the bog.

Weather At Black Moshannon State Park

Due to its higher altitude, Black Moshannon State Park temperatures are pleasant during the summer. In the fall — the best time for capturing the muted colors of the bog plants — temperatures can fall close to freezing during the night. In October, the average high temperature has been 57 degrees Fahrenheit, with a low of 36.

Photo Experience

Low in nutrients and high in acidity, the bogs attract specific plants, including varieties of sedges, orchids, blueberries, wild cranberries and viburnums. The muted browns with spots of reds, greens and blues emerging from the dark water fulfilled my desire to find unique color. The bogs carried me into a primitive, seemingly pre-historic space on a cloudy day.

My current gear is a Sony digital camera with lenses from 10mm to 1200mm, though the photograph displayed was made on Fujichrome Velvia film with a 17mm Minolta Rokkor lens placed solidly on a heavy Bogan tripod with a center pole custom-made for extra-long extension. I stood on a 2.5-foot stepladder at one of the viewing platforms. I stayed overnight in the park’s primitive cabins.

Best Times

Black Moshannon State Park is a locale for bird photography. The bogs and lake hold species of waterfowl — loons, mallards, wood and red-necked ducks — that nest here through the summer. The forests of Black Moshannon are home to hermit thrush, the dark-eyed junco and northern saw-whet owl as well as songbirds, including scarlet tanagers and red-eyed vireos. Migrating waterfowl can be found in the area in May and September.

In the winter, the lake is a popular spot for ice fishing, where bluegills, yellow perch, pike and largemouth bass are pulled through the ice.

Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/BlackMoshannonStatePark.


See more of Blair Seitz’s photography at blairseitz.photoshelter.com.

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Photo Of The Day By Kyle Jones

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Grand Prismatic Sunset” by Kyle Jones. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Photo By Kyle Jones

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Grand Prismatic Sunset” by Kyle Jones. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

“The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone is a popular location, often shot from an adjacent hillside to show the colors of the spring,” says Jones. “I noticed that a really nice sunset was developing, so I found a spot where I could get that sunset shining through the mist with the colorful edge of the pool as a foreground.”

See more of Kyle Jones’ photography at www.imageskylejones.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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World Health Organization says gaming addiction is a disease


The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released the latest draft of its International Compendium of Diseases. Two of the most eye-catching additions to this update, the first in several years, are “hazardous gaming,” and “gaming disorder.” This would effectively put a gaming addiction on the same level as that of a substance addiction. The entry for “hazardous gaming” reads as follows: Hazardous gaming refers to a pattern of gaming, either online or offline that appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to the individual or to others around this individual. The entry for “gaming disorder” reads:…

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Comcast celebrates repeal of net neutrality by hiking prices in 2018


Comcast, still feasting on its holiday bounty in the form of net neutrality’s carcass, is starting 2018 off by doing what it does best: price gouging its customers. Along with AT&T, DishTV, and several other providers, it will raise prices in January. These increases will include most of the company’s services. Internet, TV packages, modem rentals, and late charges are all going up. And, even though the company faces several lawsuits for its made-up “Broadcast TV” and “Regional Sports” fees, it’ll be jacking up those imaginary services as well. Perhaps the only good news is that the repeal of net…

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YouTube should impose harsher punishments on wayward stars


If you haven’t heard by now, another YouTuber is being criticized for exploiting human sadness for their own gain. On Sunday, Logan Paul uploaded a video showing him and his friends happening upon what appeared to be a suicide victim. The original video includes several shots of the body. The video has been removed, Paul has apologized, and YouTube has responded by expressing sympathy for the lost soul — that appears to be that on the official side. But, as my colleague Mix pointed out, it’s not stemming the tide of criticism directed at either party. Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg —…

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You can now try the Pixel 2’s single-camera portrait mode without a Pixel 2


The Pixel 2 has one of the best portrait modes around, made all the more impressive by the fact that it uses a single camera to achieve the effect rather than the dual-sensor setup of most competitors. Now you don’t even need a Pixel 2 to try it out. Developer Arnova8G2, who had previously ported the Pixel’s HDR+ feature to other Snapdragon-powered Android devices, managed to include portrait mode in the latest version of the app. That’s particularly notable because it means phones without a built-in portrait mode like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and HTC U11 could use portrait…

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Scientists teach AI to determine our political affiliation based on the cars we drive


A group of scientists recently developed an AI model which uses Google Street View photographs to determine startlingly accurate social insights about a geographic area. By looking at the cars we drive, the researchers’ deep learning network can determine a community’s racial, political, and economic makeup. The research was conducted by scientists and based at Stanford university, using an AI training method called a convolutional neural network (CNN). This method involves creating a “gold standard” set of images, checked by humans, which are used to teach a computer how to classify new images on its own. In this case the…

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OceanGate and Everest Marine complete construction of Titanic sub’s launch pad

Mobile launch platform
Workers install an air tank on the mobile subsea platform that OceanGate will use to deploy its Cyclops 2 submersible. (OceanGate Photo)

Construction work is complete for an essential part of the dive system that’s due to carry scientists and amateur adventurers down to the world-famous Titanic shipwreck this summer.

The nearly 11-ton mobile subsea platform will be used to launch a five-person submersible into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and bring it back to the surface at the end of each dive.

Everest Marine. a division of Burlington, Wash.-based Penn Cove Shellfish, spent five months on the custom fabrication of the 38-foot-long aluminum platform. It’s designed to be used with the Cyclops 2 deep-sea submersible that’s been assembled by OceanGate at its headquarters in Everett, Wash.

The submersible and its platform are due to go through a round of shallow-water dives in Puget Sound this month, followed by deep-water testing in the Bahamas in April.

Those tests will lead up to the inaugural Titanic campaign in June, which will make a series of dives to the ship’s remains, 13,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic.

Cyclops 2 on platform
An artist’s rendering shows the Cyclops 2 submersible sitting on its mobile platform. (OceanGate Illustration)

The Titanic is arguably the world’s most famous shipwreck, left behind by its sinking during its maiden voyage in 1912. More than 1,500 of the ocean liner’s 2,224 passengers and crew died in the tragedy.

After decades of lying undisturbed, the Titanic wreck was rediscovered in 1985. Since then, scientific and tourist expeditions have documented its deterioration due to natural causes.

The crews for this year’s Titanic Survey Expedition will include professional pilots and researchers as well as mission specialists who are paying more than $100,000 each to be part of the expedition.

Both Cyclops 2 and its launch-and-recovery platform incorporate cutting-edge technologies for undersea operations. For Cyclops 2, those innovations include a carbon-composite pressure vessel and streamlined electronic controls.

The newly finished mobile platform can be disassembled for transport on standard flatbed trucks, and reassembled when it’s time to go into the water. Ballast tanks can be flooded to sink the platform into the water, to a depth about 30 feet below the effects of surface waves. Once submerged, Cyclops 2 lifts off the platform to begin its mission.

Mobile platform
The two halves of the mobile platform can be disattached for transport, as shown here at OceanGate’s Everett headquarters. (OceanGate Photo)

At the end of each mission, the submersible returns to the platform and gets locked into place. The ballast tanks are filled up with air from low-pressure tanks, and the entire dive system rises back to the surface.

Remote-controlled mechanisms are used for engaging and disengaging the submersible, which eliminates the need for manual labor by a scuba-diving support team. No crane or A-frame is required, which means Cyclops 2’s crew can work from nearly any local ship of opportunity.

“We knew there had to be a more efficient way to launch and recover our submersibles,” OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush said today in a news release. “The OceanGate team did a fantastic job in the design and engineering of the platform, and Everest Marine made it a reality.”

Everest Marine engineer Jim Nagel said he “couldn’t be prouder of this project and the opportunity it provides for the advancement of ocean exploration.”

“As a fellow local Northwest business, it was an honor to work with the OceanGate crew on this unique opportunity,” Nagel said.

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