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With a 4-2 win over the Seoul Dynasty, the San Francisco Shock have won the Overwatch League Grand Finals in consecutive seasons and cemented themselves as the greatest team in Overwatch history. 

While the sample size is too small for the “dynasty” moniker to be slung around, the Shock’s organizational culture warrants praise. After winning 2019’s championship, partly on the back of play from that season’s MVP, Sinatraa, and his fellow DPS, Architect, San Francisco was without both players in 2020’s playoffs.

As other teams have tried rotating starters, no team has found success doing so quite like the Shock. With Sinatraa leaving to pursue a professional career in Valorant and Architect being transferred to the Hangzhou Spark, both midseason, the organization’s next-man-up mantra paid dividends as midseason acquisition ANS slid into the lineup and helped carry the team to a cool $1.5 million in Grand Finals winnings.

When asked about that ability to rotate players seamlessly, the team’s main support, Moth, offered a simple explanation: “Shock’s always been a team that feels like we don’t really have bench players. Everyone has a role.”

Primarily running ANS and Striker at DPS with Moth and Viol2t on support, head coach Crusty rotated his tank line, complementing ChoiHyoBin with both Smurf and Super during their tightly contested playoff run. Here’s how the final four shook out, followed by the biggest plays and moments from the year’s most important match.

         

Thursday, October 8

Seoul Dynasty 2-3 San Francisco Shock

Philadelphia Fusion 0-3 Shanghai Dragons

         

Friday, October 9

San Francisco Shock 3-2 Shanghai Dragons

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THE BIG DEAL-Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy: President Trump is taking a huge political and economic risk by walking away from negotiations with Democrats on a coronavirus relief package just four weeks before the election.

Trump on Tuesday abruptly put a halt to talks between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) until after Election Day, accusing the Democratic leader of not negotiating in “good faith” despite some signs of progress between top negotiators in recent weeks.

The president later relented somewhat, urging Congress to send him smaller stand-alone bills based on areas of broad agreement instead of a sweeping measure sought by Pelosi and Mnuchin. But Trump’s approach has frustrated Republicans and business groups and thrust the prospect of future assistance into further uncertainty.

“The economy as a whole is not making a lot of progress,” said Claudia Sahm, a former senior economist and research director at the Federal Reserve. “There are real human costs – today and years from now – of not sending money out and turning it into a political battle,” Sahm added. The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and I

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — United Parcel Service plans to hire 834 temporary workers in the Grand Rapids area for the upcoming holiday season, the company announced.

Openings include package car drivers, package handlers and personal vehicle drivers.

“We’re preparing for a record peak holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our services more important than ever,” Charlene Thomas, chief human resources officer at UPS, said in a statement.

Nationwide, the company “will hire over 100,000 people for UPS’s traditional seasonal jobs, and anticipate a large number will move into permanent roles after the holidays,” she said.

Hourly pay for the jobs is as follows: $21 for tractor-trailer and package care drivers,$14.50 for package handlers, $16.80 for driver-helpers, and $21 for personal vehicle drivers (plus 57.5 cents per mile or current IRS rate,” UPS said in a news release.

The Grand Rapids area UPS facility is located at 5757 Clyde Park SW. in Wyoming.

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The openings in the Grand Rapids area call for 154 package car drivers, 334 package handlers and 100 personal vehicle drivers. In a statement, the company said it would hire an additional 254 drivers beyond that, “brining the total number of UPS seasonal hires in Grand Rapids to nearly 850 positions.”

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Columbus, Ohio-based development company want to demolish a funeral home on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side and build two, four-story apartment buildings for low- to moderate-income residents.

Craig Patterson, senior vice president of Woda Cooper Companies, said his firm plans to apply for state low-income housing tax credits to finance the two buildings at 585 Stocking Ave. NW and 601 Stocking Ave. NW.

The buildings would contain 58 apartments.

If financing is secured and all necessary approvals for the estimated $16.7 million project are received, Patterson said his company would demolish the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary building at 585 Stocking Ave. NW.

Stephen Arsulowicz, of Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the Stocking location, the company has locations at 937 Michigan Ave. NE and 3535 Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker.

Patterson said the project is important because there is a shortage of affordable housing in Grand Rapids.

The development would provide housing for residents with a range of income levels.

Twenty-one of the units would be considered “permanent supportive housing,” and would be reserved for people experiencing homelessness or individuals with disabilities, Patterson said.

About half the units would be reserved for residents whose income does not exceed 80 percent of Kent County’s area median income. For a one-person household, that translates to an income of up to $44,960, according to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. It translates to up to $51,360 for a two-person household.

He said the goal of the project is to provide housing to a range of residents, from those who are very low-income to those who are considered part of the “missing middle.”

That group includes residents who make less than the area median income but don’t qualify for housing assistance funds, such

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Sports fans across the country are showing more willingness to take a financial interest in the outcome of games, and in 18 states that allow sports betting, they may not even have to leave their couch to do it.

In two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the gaming industry has seen a widespread trend of casino operators partnering with tech companies that offer online and mobile betting platforms.

Penn National Gaming (PENN) acquired a 36 percent share in Barstool Sports, a leading digital sports media company, joining Boyd Gaming (BYD), MGM Resorts (MGM), Caesars Entertainment (CZR) and others going after the estimated $40 billion sports betting business.

Penn paid about $163 million in cash and convertible preferred stock to become Barstool’s exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years. The company also gained the right to use Barstool’s brand for all of Penn’s online and retail sports betting and internet casino games.

“The partnerships you see developing between operators, teams, leagues and the media are a natural evolution of how sports betting is rolling out throughout the United States,” said Brendan Bussmann, partner and director of government affairs for Las Vegas-based Global Market Advisors.

Going forward, wagering will become part of sports culture, he added. Even before the repeal of PASPA, sports fans and commentators talked about point spreads and money lines in their normal conversations.

Jay Snowden, president and CEO of Penn National, said the partnership with Barstool Sports reflects the company’s strategy to evolve from a regional gaming operator with 41 properties in 19 states to a “best-in-class omnichannel provider of retail and online gaming and sports betting entertainment.”

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