Turkey hunters checked nearly 18,000 birds this spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio hunters checked 17,793 wild turkeys during the combined 2016 spring wild turkey hunting season and youth wild turkey hunting season, April 16 to May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).Hunters checked 16,229 birds during the four weeks of the 2016 wild turkey season compared to 16,049 birds in 2015. Young hunters checked 1,564 birds during the 2016 youth season compared to 1,589 in 2015.Ohio’s 2016 spring wild turkey season was open April 18 through May 15. Youth season was April 16-17. Find more information about wild turkey hunting at wildohio.gov.Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year.last_img read more

Who are the right partners to get you into more smart homes?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite Sponsors The smart home revolution is still in its early days. Even with the programmable devices that exist already — the thermostats that learn your patterns, the voice-controlled assistants and the lighting that can be customized according to your needs and daily routines — there is still a large unexplored vista ahead of us with the connected home.Some validation of all these new market participants would be helpful to consumers during their buying decisions. So as an integral part of the communications fabric tying all this technology together, Comcast has relaunched its partner program, which curates and integrates best-in-class smart home devices into the Xfinity Home platform.See also: Five rules about entrepreneurship on large enterprisesTheir point of view is that smart home IoT devices don’t really make sense unless the devices are truly connected, so they can talk to each other and create the ultimate smart experience for consumers when they are at home or away.To do that, they created a curated program with several best-in-class partners including the recently added Philips Hue connected lighting system, Nest Learning thermostat, August door lock, Lutron Caséta wireless controller and dimmer, Chamberlain MyQ garage door controller, light bulbs Sengled and GE by JascoThese partnerships allow Comcast’s Xfinity Home customers to manage and control all of these smart home devices from one platform – the Xfinity Home platform. Additionally, Xfinity Home customers have the ability to seamlessly troubleshoot issues with any of the partner products by simply calling the Xfinity customer service center without having to call individual partners for support or assistance.As more companies integrate with Comcast’s partner platform, we sat down with two partners — Martin Heckmann, Director of Emerging Business at Chamberlain Group, Inc., and James McPhail, CEO of Zen Ecosystems — to find out what the certification process was like to join the Xfinity Home platform, the benefits of the partnership and what they have learned from it.Readwrite: With all the channel opportunities out there, what led you to be a partner with Comcast’s Xfinity Home?James McPhail: Our relationship with Comcast goes back many years. They were one of the original inspirations to build the Zen Thermostat. They shared our vision for a thermostat that was more attractive, simple and sleek – differentiating the Zen Ecosystems product from other connected devices on the market. Comcast actually encouraged us to start this adventure.Martin Heckmann: We believed Comcast was doing great work to make the connected home a reality for consumers and we were proud to join their platform. It was a great opportunity for Chamberlain customers who have Xfinity Home to receive benefits such as alerts to their phones via the Xfinity Home mobile app every time their garage door opens or closes, which provides peace of mind.RW: The selection criteria to be included in Comcast’s Xfinity home partner program is pretty rigorous — walk us through what you think of their expectations of you as a partner.JM: The selection criteria are indeed rigorous, but absolutely make sense. Comcast tests every device with a dedicated engineering team. They have a platform with a vast configuration of various equipment that they continuously test, ensuring a more reliable device for their customers. The size and scale of their structured support is unmatched, allowing them to respond to and troubleshoot issues quickly and efficiently, making for happier customers. This helps us stay focused on improving our products.MH: We were pleased to learn during the process that Comcast and Chamberlain are completely aligned in our expectations to provide the most advanced and secure connected devices and services to consumers.RW: What did you have to do to prepare for this process? Was there anything unexpected?JM: Comcast’s test team expressed their philosophy as “trust but verify.” While they wanted to review all the details of our product, they were also willing to collaborate on troubleshooting. It was never a pass/fail situation. They wanted us to be successful, but we needed to prove we could be! What surprised us initially was that many of their tests put the Zen Thermostat in very extreme conditions — well beyond those normally found in a customer’s home. While this initially felt excessive, through the process we learned about many of the atypical real-world situations that could potentially occur, and how our thermostat performed in those circumstances. As a result, we have a far better understanding of the ability of our product to perform in all kinds of conditions.MH: Chamberlain had completed, or was in the process of completing, several other partner integrations during the integration with Comcast so there were really no surprises. That said, it was reassuring to see the rigor applied to the partner program at Comcast.RW: Security issues are constantly a big factor in smart home deployments. What’s the relationship between your firm and Comcast on this critical issue to end customers?JM: At Zen Ecosystems, the security of our devices is of the highest concern. We know from our engagement with Comcast that they are extremely diligent and rigorous on this issue. As a ZigBee device, connecting to the Xfinity Home hub, we are a member of the ZigBee Alliance, an organization whose members work to define a good balance between smart, usable devices and secure interactions between devices, and to certify that ZigBee devices are communicating according to protocol.MH: Chamberlain and Comcast technical and customer support teams work very closely on an ongoing basis to monitor the technical integration and communication with customers.RW: For other smart home technologies out there that are not part of the Xfinity Home program, what should they be thinking about if they’re considering it?JM: There are a lot of benefits to engaging and working with Comcast. Daniel Herscovici, General Manager and Senior Vice President at Xfinity Home shared recently that the founding team, “are entrepreneurs at heart. We move quickly and pivot as needed to help us grow.” At the same time, Xfinity Home’s diligent testing process will absolutely help identify ways to improve your product that you may not have previously considered.MH: As mentioned previously, the Comcast Xfinity Home partner program has high expectations of its partners. Any company considering joining the Xfinity Home partner program must be prepared to work collaboratively with Comcast to ensure the most secure technical integration and best in class consumer experience.RW: How does this opportunity with Comcast’s Xfinity Home prepare you for the next channel launch? Did this process light a path towards “best practices” for this type of ecosystem building?JM: Through working with Comcast, the Zen thermostat has evolved to be even better – while it was already simple, streamlined and attractively designed, we’ve been able to improve it even further. And, Comcast’s seal of approval absolutely carries weight and has already opened several doors for us. We look forward to expanding our network of world-class partners and adding our energy-saving thermostat to more home automation systems.MH: This process reinforced Chamberlain’s plan to strategically partner with best in class connected-home solutions provider to offer consumers with the best experience and benefits that really matter in their everyday lives.Many large companies seek partners especially those who are smaller and nimble as long as the quality of the product is intact. Partnering with a large company has many benefits as we learned from Martin and James – it makes sense to keep your options open as you find ways to bring your product to the masses. For those with a techy “smart” home device, feel free to check out Xfinity Home’s partner program to see if there are any opportunities to collaborate with Comcast.This article was produced in partnership with Comcast. Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Related Posts Tags:#Comcast#Internet of Things#IoT#MWCA17#smart home#Smart homes#Xfinity#Zen Ecosystems#Zigbee 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoTlast_img read more

If BJP-Sena fail, NCP will have to think of alternative: Patil

first_img‘Sena will split if Fadnavis forms government without its support’  “We will be forced to think seriously about an alternative if the BJP and the Shiv Sena fail to give a solution,” he told a news channel.Mr. Patil also said there was no question of supporting the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance for the NCP.He also said the party does not have numbers to put up a candidate for the Assembly Speaker’s post.Also Read Amid deadlock, Raut calls on Governor The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be forced to think about an alternative if the BJP-Shiv Sena combine fails to form the government in Maharashtra, the Opposition party’s leader Jayant Patil said on Tuesday.Mr. Patil, who is the NCP’s Maharashtra unit chief, also said there was no need to impose President’s rule in the State as people will not tolerate it.Also Read  Meanwhile, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said a joint delegation of his party and the Congress will call on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday evening to raise the issue of crop losses due to untimely rains in parts of Maharashtra.“We will raise the concerns of the farmers during the meeting…This will be an apolitical meeting,” Mr. Malik said.In the recently held State polls, the BJP won 105 seats and the Shiv Sena 56 seats, giving the saffron alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.Besides, the Opposition NCP won 54 seats while the Congress bagged 44 seats.The BJP and Shiv Sena have been bickering over sharing the Chief Minister’s post. The Uddhav Thackeray-led wants it to be shared for two-and-half years on a rotational basis, but the BJP has rejected such an arrangement.BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar recently said the State may see President’s rule if there was no government in place by November 7.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 26 cents, or 3.64 per cent, to $6.88 on 12.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up nine cents, or 4.81 per cent to $1.96 on 10.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up 35 cents, or 9.07 per cent, to $4.21 on 8.7 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 55 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $41.89, on 8.6 million shares.Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:PG). Gold. Up 15 cents, or 10 per cent, to $1.64 on 8.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 3.03 per cent, to $7.04 on 7.6 million shares. The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,141.77, down 122.29 points).center_img Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Up 29 cents or 2.9 per cent to $10.22. Blackberry’s stock rose Thursday after the company’s third-quarter revenue and profit beat analyst estimates, with growth coming from its software and services business. The Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology company earned US$59 million in net income for the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from a loss of US$275 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled US$226 million, which was even with last year’s third quarter and up from US$210 million in the second quarter this year.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Down 72 cents to $69.22. Scotiabank has signed a deal to sell its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic. The Canadian bank says it will sell Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros to Grupo Rizek. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Scotiabank says the transaction is not financially material to the bank.last_img read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: Pro-football-reference.com QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Purchasing Manager at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Payroll Supervisor at UniFirstFull-Time Activities Coordinator at Windsor PlaceFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesPart-Time Caregiver at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Senior Systems Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time General Labor at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at OptimaFull-Time Client Development Manager at Serur Agencies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

PHOTO Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team Visit The Senate

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is an announcement from State Senator Bruce Tarr:I had the pleasure of introducing the members of the Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team at [Thursday’s] Senate session. The team was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association Program of Excellence Award for their 2018 season. I am proud of the accomplishments they have achieved. It was a delight to provide them with a tour of the Senate Chamber.Accompanied by coaches Susan Hendee, Shane Kligerman, Erin Cowden, and Andrea McCullough, the team comprised Thea Alberti, Hailey Collins, Cassidy Collins, Gina Mastrorilli, Olivia Rourke, Tori Sheehan, Jessie Wargo, Aly Colantuoni, Madison Grace, Jessie McCullough, Alyssa Morrison, Annie Wingate, Amber Flynn, Tori Gemellaro, Samantha Papastathis, Jenna Sweeney, Kali Almeida, Amanda Broussard, Audrey Curdo, Alyssa Granara, Kaitlyn Maguire, Kayla Bourrell, and Joycelyn Palmer.Best wishes for a good summer and congratulations on your accomplishments on and off of the field.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Wilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”last_img read more

Endgame confirms it Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger

first_img In Endgame, Captain America’s story stands out as the Russo brothers lean into the overarching theme of loss. The story (mostly) takes place five years after Thanos’ deadly finger snap in last year’s Infinity War. The tone for the movie is set with the opening track — Steve Winwood’s Dear Mr. Fantasy: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, Something to make us all happy, Do anything, take us out of this gloom.”nullCap in Avengers: Endgame.  Marvel Studios Some of the Avengers cope with that loss by — SPOILERS AHEAD — wallowing in self-pity, drinking beer and playing video games (Thor at his funniest). Or going on a bad-guy killing spree (Hawkeye, at his most disturbing) or focusing on putting the past behind them (Stark, at his most detached). Cap not only doesn’t let that devastating loss take him down, he has the strength to help others deal with it. He hosts a self-help group with other survivors struggling with the aftermath of Thanos’ evil plan. “The world is in our hands. We gotta do something with it,” he tells the group, with a touch of world-weary sadness. “Otherwise Thanos should have killed all of us.” It could be a mushy, overly sentimental scene, but it’s not. It’s another moment that shows us that Captain America’s true superpower is his humanity. And it’s not the only moment in Endgame that makes the point that this is a man who’s more than his star-spangled suit and cool Vibranium shield. In a quietly touching scene — SPOILER — a time-traveling Rogers comes across his photo on the desk of Agent Peggy Carter, the woman he loved, lost and can’t forget. But it’s not a photo of our buff superhero in his cool costume. It’s a snap of that skinny kid from Brooklyn, taken before he got the serum boost.   I’m pretty sure it’s the same photo Carter puts away in Rogers’ file at the end of The First Avenger, as she’s coming to terms with his loss. He promised he’d take her dancing, right before he ditches his plane into the ocean to save New York from oblivion. As he takes one for the team, he stares at the photo of Carter he carries around in his pocket compass. My lip quivered just a bit over their goodbyes when I saw the movie eight years ago.And it did again earlier this week as I watched a new ending to their story. It’s his abiding love for Carter that prompts Captain America to do a hero handoff to his friend Sam (the Falcon) and retire from the Avengers, after Thanos is vanquished, of course. MAJOR SPOILER HERE — I applaud screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for giving Rogers the chance to rewrite his story so he and Carter can share the life together they wanted. Captain America has certainly earned it. As Endgame comes to a close, we see Rogers and Carter finally get their dance while the old World War II ballad “It’s been a long, long time” plays. It’s a lovely moment. And it delivers an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  11 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spoiler-free review: Ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is a tiny audio stinger Avengers: Endgame’s biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions Here are the best times to take a pee break during the film 3:14 Share your voice Last fall, when Chris Evans tweeted that he’d had an “emotional day” wrapping filming on the fourth Avengers film and that playing Captain America “over the past eight years has been an honor,” fans of the Marvel superhero flipped out. Many feared Cap — aka Steve Rogers — would be killed off in Avengers: Endgame, which opened in theaters worldwide this week.Well — MAJOR SPOILER HERE — fear no more. Captain America doesn’t die. But he does end his run as an Avenger in an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  And I say that as a huge Captain America fan. He’s my favorite Avenger — and the fact that we’re both from Brooklyn is only part of the reason. It’s because he embodies the ideals — bravery, honesty, loyalty, nobility — that get overlooked when we talk about what makes someone a superhero in movies these days.  So I braced myself for a future in which the very prolific and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe would plod on without him. But four days after seeing Endgame, I’m genuinely happy with how his story plays out in the Russo brothers’ funny, smart, moving and masterful follow-up to last year’s semi-annoying cliffhanger, Avengers: Infinity War. (Our spoiler-free review calls Endgame an epic “thrill ride” and our spoiler-packed review calls it “so close to being perfect.”) Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Originally published 8:04 a.m. PT.  26 Photos Comments Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Sure there’s a lot to unpack in Endgame, but Rogers gets the hero’s ending he deserves, and that’s why I’ve been telling friends to go into the flick dehydrated. You don’t want to skip a single minute of this three-hour, one-minute-long epic for a bathroom break (though my colleagues have figured out three scenes where you can run out if you really need to). So while I’ll miss Captain America, Endgame does a great job of reminding me why I’m glad to have known him at all. If Tony Stark/Iron Man is the brains, Thor the brawn and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanova the soul of the Avengers team, Cap is the heart, showing us how one good guy can make all the difference. And I’m not talking about superpowers here. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGERCap in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Jay Maidment When we first meet Rogers in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, he’s a skinny and asthmatic but earnest Army reject, desperately trying to enlist so he can fight the Nazis during World War II. He gets his wish with help from German scientist Abraham Erskine, who’s developed a super soldier serum that transforms Rogers into the mighty, muscular superhero. Erskine (played by an endearing Stanley Tucci) explains why he tapped Rogers, calling him “a good man”: “The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So good becomes great, bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows … compassion.”We see just how much of a good man he is over and again in The First Avenger, including how he throws himself on top of a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers or when he goes into an enemy camp on his own to save his childhood friend, Bucky. He gets knocked down by a bully but stands up each time,  offering up his now signature line: “I can do this all day.”And I love the moment when Cap confronts the villainous Red Skull, head of the evil Hydra cult. Red Skull asks why Dr. Erskine chose Rogers for his serum? Red Skull: “So, what made you so special?Rogers’ answer: “Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”Humility is its own superpower. At a time when our world is fractured, with some espousing the same un-American values he fought against successfully 75 years ago, Cap is a role model we can all get behind. Some argue he personifies an idealized version of American values and plays into audience nostalgia for a time that never existed. Maybe. But who doesn’t want a leader who’s honest, humble, compassionate, courageous and noble, a team player able to earn the trust of those around him so much so that they’re willing to go to the end of the line with him? More Endgame Marvel Captain America Iron Manlast_img read more