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It’s college essay season. Here’s how parents can help without being helicopters.

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Beyond telegraphing to students that it’s okay to cheat, the message these parents sent to their children was: You know all that hard work you did in high school? None of it is good enough.

Admittedly, the college application process can be overwhelming, and kids could use some assistance navigating it all. But if the college application process feels like it’s gotten out of hand, we parents—with our resources and connections, degrees and expectations—are at least partly to blame.

“Can we just say how crazy it is that we even have to have this conversation in the first place?” says Macy Lenox, a mom of two and an associate dean of admissions at University of Virginia. “As a parent myself, I don’t come to this from a place of judgement, but from one of understanding. We’re drowning our kids in our best intentions. We’ve lost sight of our job, which is not to be the applicant, but to be the best supporters of the applicant we can be.” This means demonstrating confidence in their abilities, says Lenox. “By doing things for them, you’re saying I can do this better than you. Part of our job is empowering them to be advocates for themselves; to be successful in college, you’ve got to be able to use your own voice.”

Yet when we hear stories from friends or read posts on social media about all the hoop-jumping necessary to get into college these days, it’s understandably crazy-making. Even the most stalwart defenders of their kids’ independence can lose sight of the line between supporting and doing the work for them. And while most parents would rightfully balk at the idea of, say, rigging their kid’s SAT score, or Photoshopping their child’s face onto the body of an athlete in a sport

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The Atlantic hurricane season isn’t over yet

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But it’s 2020, and the Atlantic may have other ideas. A weather pattern that encourages air masses to rise, leading to increased showers and thunderstorms, looks likely to overspread the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean by late in the month into early November. This pattern change could once again raise the odds of tropical development, provided other air and ocean ingredients are present as well.

In a typical storm season, the Atlantic averages one named storm after Oct. 19, which would suggest that even in an average year we wouldn’t be quite done yet. However, this season is anything but typical, considering we are pacing more than a month ahead of the busiest season on record, which occurred in 2005, and have dipped into the Greek alphabet for only the second time.

It’s plausible that the Atlantic basin may cap off its hyperactive season with a robust final act.

Near-term tropical activity

While there are no named systems in the Atlantic right now, the week has kicked off with an area to watch about 700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center gave it a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm during the next five days.

While the system is unlikely to become intense, it did have some of the looks of a tropical depression or tropical storm on Monday.

Visible satellite imagery shows the presence of a low-level center of circulation, with cloudiness pinwheeling around a spiral vortex. To the east, showers and thunderstorms are blossoming, but whether or not those manage to position themselves over that low-level center remains a wild card in the prospects of development.

The system is struggling due to the presence of dry air and harsh upper level winds that are choking some of its thunderstorms, which can

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Highlights from Week 6 of the college football season

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Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne leaps over Miami Hurricanes safety Gurvan Hall, Jr. during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium.



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Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses (32) and defensive back Malachi Moore (13) tackle Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy (9) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



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Alabama wide receivers DeVonta Smith (6) and John Metchie III (8) celebrate a touchdown against Mississippi at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



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Georgia linebacker Monty Rice celebrates after a scoop-and-score touchdown in the second half against Tennessee.



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Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against Miami at Memorial Stadium.



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Auburn defensive end Zykeivous Walker (3) celebrates sacking Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium.



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Clemson Tigers corner back Andrew Booth Jr. (23) breaks up a pass intended for the Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Mark Pope (6) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium.



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Oklahoma players celebrate after the Sooners’ wild win over Texas.



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Former all-state RB opts out rest of high school season to focus on college prep

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Former all-state running back and Temple commit Johnny Martin has opted out of the remainder of his senior season at Timber Creek.

First-year Timber Creek football coach Brian Wright said he received a text from Martin on Wednesday night, a few hours after Martin and the Chargers wrapped up practice for Friday’s 15-12 win over Delsea.

“He just texted me Wednesday night and said he was opting out to prepare for college,” said Wright. “That was pretty much the extent of it. I had no inkling he was even thinking about it. It is what it is. I wished him good luck.”

Martin posted three 1,000-yard seasons – including a 2,000-yard season as a sophomore when he was second-team all-state – at Highland the previous three years, though he missed the final four games of his junior campaign after being suspended for an off-the-field incident.

Martin transferred to Timber Creek for his final season. He played in the Chargers’ 21-0 opening-night loss to No. 7 Williamstown, gaining 45 yards on 14 carries and catching two passes for 16 yards.

Prior to the game, Wright talked about how engaged his new running back was in practice, even taking scout-team reps when he wasn’t needed on offense.

“He was awesome,” said Wright, who added the running game will be by committee without Martin. “I liked his mentality, but if his interest is elsewhere then we’ll focus on the kids we have that want to play.”

Timber Creek resumes its season Friday against Martin’s former team, Highland.

Martin didn’t respond to a text and call asking for comment.

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Bill Evans covers the West Jersey Football League. He can be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com

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All Fortnite Season 4 Challenges: Tony Stark’s Hidden Lab, Doom’s Domain Vault, And More

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Season 4 of Fortnite: Chapter 2 is rolling along across consoles and PC. This season has introduced a ton of changes to Epic’s hit battle royale shooter, bringing the likes of Thor, Iron Man, Groot, She-Hulk, Storm, and other Marvel superheroes into the game to thwart an invasion by Galactus.

Of course, a new season also means new challenges, and there are already a ton for players to complete. Clearing these tasks will level up your Season 4 battle pass, which in turn will unlock exclusive Marvel-themed cosmetics. In addition to the standard weekly missions, Epic is rolling out a separate set of Wolverine challenges over the course of the season, which you’ll need to complete to unlock the Wolverine skin. There are also Awakening challenges that will unlock emotes and other cosmetic flourishes for Season 4’s other Marvel skins.

Although Season 4 is underway on most platforms, you cannot complete these challenges or play any of this season’s content on iOS devices. You also cannot re-install the game on iOS, as Apple has terminated Epic Games’ developer account. However, you can still play older content if you have the game on your phone.

If you need help completing this season’s missions, we’ve rounded up all of our Fortnite Season 4 maps and guides below. We’ll continue to update this list with additional maps and guides as Season 4 rolls on, so check back often for the latest tips.

Fortnite: Chapter 2, Season 4 Challenges

Wolverine Challenges

Wolverine challenges
Wolverine challenges
  • Investigate mysterious claw marks (3)
  • Find loading screen at Quinjet Patrol Sites
  • Find Wolverine’s Trophy in Dirty Docks
  • Launch off all Sentinel Hands without touhing the ground
  • Locate a Trask Transport Truck
  • Defeat Wolverine [rec: 4 players]
  • Damage with Wolverine’s Claws (200)
  • Regain health as Wolverine (100)

Investigate Mysterious Claw Marks

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