Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Vikings review

Greg Auman looks back on Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the latest edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

He considers the long list of injuries the Bucs’ defense had and which could carry over to this week’s home game against the New York Giants. Listen below:

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Housing crisis: See how California lawmakers are putting more teeth — and more money — into reform

Millions, if not billions, in new dollars will flow to housing programs under a host of housing bills adopted in the final hours of the California Legislature. New rules will make it harder for local governments to block developments.

And lawmakers put some teeth into weak, often ignored laws mandating that cities approve more housing.

On Sept. 15, the last day to approve new laws, the legislature passed 15 housing bills aimed at easing a statewide housing shortage that’s fueling skyrocketing rents and home prices.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he plans to sign them.

“For millions of people it is next to impossible to buy a house or even find an apartment they can afford,” Brown said in a statement. “These 15 bills will spur the building of more housing and increase the number of Californians who can actually afford to buy or rent.”

Here are highlights of key measures on the governor’s desk:

SB 35: One of the most contentious measures of the session was this “streamlining” bill, designed to speed up the time it takes to win approval for new housing in local communities. Gov. Brown wanted it. Local governments fought it.

SB 35 “will erode local control and would even penalize cities meeting the state’s numerous housing laws,” League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman said in a recent statement.

In brief, this bill will allow developments to bypass city councils in cities that failed to meet their state-mandated housing goals.

The measure applies to “infill” projects only — or those located within existing development. Projects also qualify for streamlined approval if they meet certain affordability, density and zoning requirements. If a city is building sufficient market-rate units but not enough low-income units, the project must consist of at least 50 percent low-income units to qualify for streamlined approval.

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Jennifer Lopez pledges $1 million to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria

Jennifer Lopez is rallying celebrity friends and fans to respond to a growing humanitarian crisis in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

The entertainer, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, has pledged $1 million to recovery efforts for the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria. She said she and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez are also using all their “resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business” to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

“The devastation (in Puerto Rico) is beyond belief,” Lopez said in an Instagram post. “Me and my cousins have not been able to hear from family down there. Puerto Rico has been hit by two of the most devastating hurricane we have ever seen, Irma and Maria. Today Puerto Rico needs our help.”

The picture coming out of Puerto Rico is grim in the wake of Maria: Streets flooded and towns left without fresh water, fuel or phone service, or electricity.

The category 4 storm knocked the entire island’s electrical grid out of commission, leaving residents facing no power for weeks or even months. Federal aid has just begun to pour in, but Puerto Rican officials are worried about rules that have long relegated the U.S. territory to second-class status.

Lopez, appearing Sunday on stage with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at New York’s Javitz Center, said the $1 million will come out of the proceeds from her current Las Vegas show.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the Met Gala in May. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Lopez and New York Yankees great A-Rod, who each donated $25,000 to help recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas, have enlisted celebrity friends to help raise money and ship necessities like generators to the island. Those friends include the New York Yankees, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and J.J. Barea, a Mavericks player …read more

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