June 26 — The Supreme Court today handed the well-funded, well-organized, reactionary, Christian, anti-abortion network a bouquet of red roses with its decision on California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act.The court in a 5-4 ruling, written by Justice Clarence Thomas and supported by the four conservative justices, affirmed the so-called First Amendment rights of “crisis pregnancy clinics” (CPCs) and gave them permission to continue lying to and emotionally bribing, manipulating and coercing mostly poor women, often women of color, to keep unplanned pregnancies.The case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) vs. Becerra (California’s attorney general), was brought in 2015 by NIFLA to defend approximately 200 such CPCs in the state of California. The state had then just passed a law that required the centers to make specific disclosures to their patients or in their advertising.As part of the testimony the California legislature heard before formulating the law, women aired their many negative experiences at CPCs, and clinicians discussed problems imposed when pregnant women who want to have a child don’t receive essential prenatal health care right away.The law stipulated that centers licensed to provide medical services had to post notices to inform patients that they could obtain free or low-cost abortions by calling the phone number of the state agency that would connect them to state licensed abortion and reproductive health care providers. The unlicensed centers had to post 29-word disclaimers in advertisements — in some cases in up to 13 languages — that their services do not include medical help.The NIFLA argued that both requirements violate the First Amendment for licensed centers because requiring such information conflicts with their anti-abortion message and singles them out in a “gerrymandered” fashion. And for unlicensed centers because requiring such extensive disclosures would make it “almost impossible to spread their anti-abortion message.”According to a 2010 NARAL Pro-Choice California investigation of clinics in the state, 41 percent of counties did not have an abortion provider (that number is lower now), while 91 percent had at least one CPC. The majority of CPCs are located in rural areas, and those CPCs in urban areas tend to target primarily low-income women of color.Of the centers investigated, 70 percent wrongly advised clients that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, while 60 percent incorrectly claimed that condoms are ineffective in reducing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. (Rewire.News, March 20)Concluding that both kinds of CPCs “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the FACT Act violates the First Amendment,” the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling in favor of California and sent the case back to lower courts for new proceedings in light of today’s ruling. An appeal is definitely in order.Minority opinion affirms: women need ‘informed consent’Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, joined by the three liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elaen Kagan. Breyer contended that both requirements for notices would pass constitutional muster. As for the licensed centers, he argued that if a state can require a licensed clinician to notify a woman seeking an abortion about adoption as an alternate option, why can’t the state also require a pregnancy center to tell a woman about abortion?As Breyer summarized in his dissent: “[W]hat is sauce for the goose is normally sauce for the gander.” With that, he was arguing for “informed consent,” a longtime requirement for women’s health care services, which originated with the publication of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in the early 1970s.As for unlicensed centers, he said it was “self-evident that patients might think they are receiving qualified medical care when they enter facilities that collect health information, perform obstetric ultrasound or sonograms, diagnose pregnancy and provide counseling about pregnancy options or other prenatal care.” Breyer noted the requirement that unlicensed facilities provide disclosures in multiple languages would not be unconstitutional or impose an “undue burden” when only two languages — English and Spanish — would be required in “the vast majority of California’s 58 counties.”History of ‘crisis pregnancy centers’Even before the Supreme Court legalized abortion with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, evangelical Christians and Catholics opposed to abortion began “sidewalk counseling” outside clinics to dissuade women from having abortions. When that wasn’t effective, abortion adversaries began setting up fake clinics near hospitals and licensed health clinics (to confuse potential clients) and in poor Black and Brown neighborhoods.Many women, desperate for convenient, low-cost health care, do not know the difference between a CPC and a licensed abortion clinic. Some CPCs offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, while staff dress in scrubs and provide individual counseling. Clients receive false information like having an abortion could prevent them from having a later pregnancy, that it causes breast cancer or may lead to suicide. One woman told HuffPost that she was grilled about her sex life, including when she lost her virginity, and she came away feeling ashamed and ridiculed.Today there are about 2,700 CPCs in the U.S., compared with about 800 reproductive health care clinics that provide abortions as well as cancer screenings and other routine gynecological care. There are also women’s clinics that provide routine reproductive health care and basic check-ups, but not abortions.In some states such as Texas and North Carolina, fake clinics receive state funding. A May 24 Rewire.News article reported that fake clinics in Texas outnumber abortion providers 10 to 1 and 50 have been receiving state funding since 2005. An April 26 article in Rewire.News detailed that the North Carolina legislature has (illegally) directed $400,000 annually for the current year and the next from its federal Maternal and Child Health block grant to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, an umbrella group of “faith-based” centers, which according to their bylaws are expected to abide by “biblical principles.”Linking struggles is needed nowA number of news sources have noted that this conservative 5-4 ruling, like others issued this spring, would not have happened if the Republican-controlled Senate had not refused to consider President Obama’s liberal nominee, Merrick Garland, to replace archconservative Justice Scalia who died in February 2016.Instead the racist, sexist, white supremacist reactionary in the Oval Office was able to appoint anti-worker, anti-people-of-color, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ Neil Gorsuch to the court, who has indeed done the Trump administration’s right-wing bidding in case after case this spring.But the conclusion to draw from this is not to feel depressed or defeated by this series of court-imposed losses for the 99%, but to be mindful that Trump administration functions at the bidding of the 1% — the ruling class made up of bankers and corporate magnates who are pulling his strings. That’s how patriarchal capitalism functions.And the ruling class is oblivious to, in fact ignorant of, the dialectical materialist law that repression sparks resistance.As the broad anti-people Trump agenda continues to be revealed — from white supremacist rage and murder in Charlottesville last summer to today’s merciless, heartless catastrophe of im/migrant family separation at the border — the peoples’ movement has now been emboldened in take to the streets all over this country and the world in resistance.In the past few years reproductive justice advocates have become bolder and more vocal and visible as they have become Blacker and Browner. Protecting and promoting families is one of the core human rights at the heart of the reproductive justice movement. Now is the time to link arms in resistance with allies in the struggle to counter our common enemy and defend the human rights of all working and oppressed people.Davis is a longtime reproductive justice activist and author of the pro-choice novel “Love Means Second Chances.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former Utah State Football Coach Phil Krueger Dies At Age 90 Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Phil Krueger/Utah State Aggies Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Phil Krueger, who guided Utah State’s football team to back-to-back-to-back winning seasons in the 1970’s, died on Monday, June 22, at his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was 90.Krueger enjoyed a four-decade career in collegiate and professional football, compiling a 31-22 record as the head coach at Fresno State (1964-65) and Utah State (1973-75). He held assistant coaching positions at Long Beach City College, Utah State, Illinois and USC. While with the Trojans (1966-70), he coached in four Rose Bowls, including winning a national championship in 1967.From 1973-75, Krueger was the Aggies’ head coach, compiling an overall record of 21-12 (.636), which included going 7-2 against BYU, Utah and Weber State in his three seasons.In 1976, when John McKay was named the inaugural head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Krueger joined his staff and coached offensive backs, linebackers and special teams for four years. Following the 1980 season, he moved into the team’s front office and was responsible for negotiating player contracts – he was known as a shrewd contract negotiator during a time when there was limited free agency and no salary cap.Krueger was named the Bucs’ general manager in 1991 and retired a year later. After moving to south Florida to be closer to his daughter, Kristi, football remained in Krueger’s blood as he worked three years as a consultant for the Kajima Deers, a professional football team in Tokyo, Japan.Krueger was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a Korean War veteran, also earning the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathy; daughter, Kristi Krueger, a longtime newscaster at WPLG-TV in Miami, and son-in-law, Todd Templin, both of Pembroke Pines; grandson Troy Templin and wife Melissa Templin of Houston, Texas; and granddaughter Kelsie Templin of Fort Lauderdale.
Share Share 14 Views no discussions His Excellency Vince Henderson. Photo credit: cadenagramonte.cuDominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations His Excellency Vince Henderson has added his voice to those defending the country’s diplomatic appointment abroad.The Opposition United Workers Party has raised questions about the appointment of honorary councils aboard.Henderson told a media interview at the official opening of the new Dominica China Friendship Bridge last week that the appointment of honorary councils and ambassadors is expected and that the government has acted responsibly.“I believe that government has acted responsibly. There are several countries in the Caribbean to date which have honorary councils and diplomatic relations by non nationals. Countries utilize this as a tool for economic and political influence. We do not have the resources to have embassies in the major capital of the world and because we do not have significant Dominican population, we never made a justification for councilor offices,’ he explained.According to Henderson, government believes that in order to move Dominica forward, it is necessary to appoint non Dominicans at honorary councils and ambassadors.He said this is the government’s plan for economic development and create political influence all over the world.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Dominica’s UN Ambassador defends diplomatic appointments by: – February 8, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet
EAST MOLINE, Ill. – Quad City Speedway hosts its ninth annual Ronnie Weedon Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 3, with a $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Sponsored by J & J Camper Sales, the draw/redraw event is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. At stake are IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. The entry fee for Modifieds is $40 and pit passes are $30. Pit gates at East Moline open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. The draw ends and the drivers’ meeting starts at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow.More information about the Reinhart Memorial is available at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website by emailing [email protected]
NEW ORLEANS — Warriors forward Draymond Green faked a dribble handoff at the top of the arc to Stephen Curry, then blew by New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor for an open layup. And 11 seconds into their third game, the Warriors had their first lead of the season, and one they would not give up.Things seemingly came easy after that in route to the Warriors’ (1-2) first win of the season, a 134-123 victory over the Pelicans (0-4) Monday at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. The Warriors …
South Africa’s Eskom received a substantialloan from the World Bank in 2010. Thebank will introduce a new funding schemefor Africa.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) Agriculture is one of the sectors tippedto receive a boost.(Image: ICRA)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ikechi OkorieWorld Bank(202) 458-2195RELATED ARTICLES• $90bn boost to Africa’s economy• SA hosts World Economic Forum• China deal: a new day for Africa• New bridge to boost African tradeBongani NkosiThe World Bank is to strengthen its focus on funding development programmes in Africa, with plans to introduce a new five-year support strategy already at an advanced stage.The new strategy, known as “Africa’s future and World Bank support to it”, replaces the outgoing Africa Action Plan, which was introduced in 2005.The 2011 to 2016 strategy will be officially announced to the public in March, but will be implemented from the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. It is currently being finalised within the World Bank.The new plan will focus on fostering development on the continent through partnerships with various sectors. When released, it will outline how the organisation “plans to revise its approach and deepen its partnership with Africa”, according to the World Bank.“The main instrument for implementing the strategy will be partnerships,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank vice president for the Africa region, said in a news release.“We need to leverage the private sector, development actors and most importantly the African society in designing development solutions going forward. We must ensure that our knowledge and financial resources are much more productive and effective.”The Africa Action Plan was a working document credited for keeping the World Bank focused on necessary development initiatives in Africa.The Africa Catalytic Growth Fund (ACGF), through which the World Bank disbursed grants to the poorest African countries as opposed to offering loans, is one of the initiatives that came out of the Africa Action Plan. ACGF was launched in 2008 and is likely to be incorporated into the new strategy.Some of the specific commitments of Africa Action Plan included increasing financial support for free primary education in 15 countries. The strategies are part of efforts to make it possible for countries to achieve some of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.Vital inputThe new strategy will be largely influenced by input from thousands of people, mostly Africans. The World Bank said it consulted no less than 2 000 Africans and other role-players over eight months to discuss the revision of the current strategy.The consulted included government officials, development experts, policy-makers and legislators, Africans in diaspora, civil society representatives, the private sector, the media and academia, said the bank.Consultations were held in 36 countries, including 31 African states, through face-to-face meetings and workshops.Issues raised included how governments could beef up their capacity to manage resources, how sub-regional economic blocs could step up their roles and how the private sector could be involved in driving economic growth.A popular suggestion was strengthening the focus on African agriculture.The best ways to incorporate informal sector s into mainstream economies will also likely be prioritised in the new strategy, as was suggested in the consultations.Draft strategy well receivedThe bank said a number of those consulted reviewed the strategy draft in November 2010 and expressed that it could make a huge contribution to development on the continent.“The comments we received proved what we have known for some time: that Africans are best placed to determine their development needs and the interventions necessary to foster economic growth and poverty reduction in their countries,” said Shanta Devarajan, World Bank chief economist for the Africa region.Devarajan is also one of the lead authors of the strategy.In 2010 the World Bank channelled US$11.5-billion (R81.4-billion) into loans, near-zero-interest credits, grants, equity investments and guarantees to Africa.
Energy audits can be a single slice evaluation of home performance, just looking at energy, albeit in a comprehensive analysis of energy performance. Whole-house assessments are green because they take a systems integration approach to evaluating home performance, looking at the individual and combined effects of energy, water, indoor air quality, and durability performance.What can be troubling are the unintended consequences of straight energy improvements, erosion of home performance that can inherently and inadvertently accompany reducing heat loss/gain and air sealing. Here are the most common unintended consequences of energy improvements:• Combustion safety – Every combustion appliance, be it a gas water heater, propane cooktop, gas clothes dryer, or oil-fired boiler needs make-up air. Any one of these appliances may have exhibited adequate performance when the home was leaky, but air tightening can result in backdrafting problems and increased carbon monoxide (CO) levels inside the home.Pressure measurements using a manometer and CAZ (combustion appliance zone) worst case depressurization testing address this issue.• Radon – Air tightening can increase radon levels in a home. When I insulated and air sealed our basement about 8 years ago, the radon levels doubled, from about 6 picocuries per liter (pc/l) to over 12 pc/l. Since radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, as well as a known carcinogen, keeping track of radon levels should start at the assessment and carry through as home improvements are made.Short-term electronic testing (2 – 3 days) for radon can give an adequate indication of radon problems (in a closed-up home) as part of the initial building assessment.• Moisture – Energy flows through building assemblies dries them out. A level of wetting that was never a problem can easily become one as we increase the energy efficiency (decrease the energy flows through) of a home. We have to worry about 4 ways moisture moves about: bulk water (ground water, rain, snow), capillary water (wicking through porous building materials), air-transported moisture (moisture condensing as air leaks into a home during the cooling season or out of a home during the heating season), and vapor diffusion. Any one of these or a combination can create a mold or even rot problem for a home whose moisture performance has not really changed while its energy performance has.Gross level inspection of bulk water drainage (over the structure and then ground drainage patterns), moisture meter testing, blower door testing, and vapor profiling (relative vapor permeabilities of building assembly components) can all be done as part of the building assessment (we will be addressing the vapor profile concept in a subsequent blog).• Structural – It’s not uncommon for previous electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work to have compromised the home’s structure. And this is something that can be a problem with new work as well. On the other hand, solving existing structural problems or plans to avoid new ones can be an important part of or follow-up to the initial building assessment.Visual inspection of the home’s framing can largely be done without invasive inspection.• Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) – Although the science and human health impacts of EMF in homes are far from adequately researched or understood, low- or no-cost prudent avoidance is a good policy. Common problems include the way the electric panel is grounded to plumbing, knob-and-tube wiring, and devices such as microwaves.A gauss meter is easily used to assess likely EMF problem locations.Each and all of these issues can be readily assessed and then addressed in a whole building assessment and subsequent home improvement plan. We will take a closer look at each of these issues in subsequent blogs.
MOST READ Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 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This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENT In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.