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Black Water (1974)

This song was ever present on the radio when we moved back to Tennessee in the fall of '74 after a stint out west.

From nation's worst team to playoff contender

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — “Screw you all!” Will Healy barks at his Austin Peay football team.

They are gathered together in a meeting room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 9 miles from the home stadium where they will play Eastern Illinois in three hours to make their bid for the first playoff appearance in school history. It is exactly 2 p.m. Saturday. They are all in red sports jackets, one of the many traditions Healy has started in a college football turnaround that defies history and reason.

The hotel is a Healy touch, too — most FCS programs don’t stay in hotels the night before games, but he has tried to think big-time since getting the job in December 2015 at the age of 30. Under Armour gear. Alternative uniforms, such the stars-and-stripes helmets the Governors sported Saturday to honor veterans. Disney and the beach for everyone on this season’s trip to play Central Florida. Sports jackets and hotels for home games, and in this one on Friday night the Governors heard an emotional speech from Travis Haney.

Haney, a former Tennessean sportswriter who was laid off by ESPN in 2016, has been embedded with the team all season, shooting footage with school equipment for a documentary he hopes to produce and shop because, he says, “I want people to see this.”

I started my university education at Austin Peay in the fall of '79. Back then, there were only two public high schools in the city of Clarksville and they played Friday night games on the same field as Austin Peay by alternating their home and away schedules.

Peay won this game 28-13.

French policeman kills three and himself north of Paris

A French policeman shot three people dead on a street near Paris in an apparent domestic dispute, before killing himself, media reports say.

His girlfriend, as well as her mother and her sister, were wounded in the incident, which occurred late on Saturday in the town of Sarcelles.

Those killed are said to be the girlfriend's father and two passers-by.

The mayor of Sarcelles, north of Paris, said the woman had recently told the policeman she was breaking up with him.

Beijing housing block fire: Nineteen people killed

A fire in a housing block in a southern district of the Chinese capital, Beijing, has killed 19 people and injured eight others, reports say.

It took firefighters several hours to bring the overnight blaze under control. The cause is not yet known.

However, Beijing police say they have detained a number of suspects.

The blaze broke out in Daxing district, an area mostly inhabited by migrant workers from the inner provinces who often require cheaper accommodation.

Painted Yellow Lines (2017)

1952 Vincent Black Lightning (1991)

Tributes paid to race motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty

The girlfriend of a British motorcyclist killed in a crash at the Macau Grand Prix in China has said she has been left heartbroken by his death.

Daniel Hegarty, 31, from Nottingham, died from his injuries before arriving at hospital.

The Macau Grand Prix committee said the accident happened at Fishermen's Bend on Saturday morning and shared its "deepest sympathies" with his family.

Lucy Draycott said on Facebook that Mr Hegarty was the "love of my life".

One of the contract aircraft mechanics I work with competes in off road races. He was out of work for a while last year following a crash that left him unable to bend his right wrist backward. He is a walking collection of metal rods and pins.

Putin's bridge

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin thumbed his nose at the world when he took Crimea from Ukraine. And it looks like he plans to hold onto it forever, based on the bridge he's having constructed.

Twenty-four hours a day, in three shifts, workers are racing to build a colossal bridge that's 12 miles long and strong enough to resist the region's ferocious winds, earthquakes and ice.

There's no doubt the bridge is a technical achievement and an engineering feat, but it's something else, too: a bold political statement.

It will connect southern Russia to the Crimean Peninsula, which until 2014, belonged to Ukraine. Then, in March of that year, Russian troops seized Crimea.

Russia halts further chemical weapons inspectors in Syria

UNITED NATIONS -- Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council vote on Friday that would have continued the work of the chemical weapons inspectors in Syria charged with assigning blame for attacks against civilians that horrified the world.

The vote came one day after Russia blocked a U.S. effort to extend the inquiry for one year.

The back and forth between U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley and Russia's U.N. envoy Vassily Nebenzia was fiery and acrimonious.

After the vote, Haley said that "Russia will not agree to any mechanism that might shine a spotlight at the use of chemical weapons by its ally, the Syrian regime…it's as simple and shameful as that."

Channel Z (1989)

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