Sid Hartman and Bud Grant made the unlikeliest of best friends
In a column Sid Hartman published in the Star Tribune in March of this year, celebrating his 100th birthday, the legendary sports columnist who died Sunday wrote that, “During my career, I have traveled everywhere as a reporter …”Well, not everywhere.“Sid wouldn’t fly over water,” retired Vikings coach Bud Grant said Sunday a short while after learning that Hartman, his longtime friend, had died.“When I decide to retire in 1983,” Grant said, “the first person I wanted to tell was Sid. I didn’t owe it to him as a reporter. But he was my best friend. So I told him I had something to tell him and...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus: Stanford doctors among leaders of global anti-lockdown movement
Doctors at Stanford University are at the forefront of a global movement of health experts who are criticizing lockdowns to control COVID-19 and say schools and businesses should reopen, but with a focus on protecting the elderly and infirm who are most vulnerable to the virus.Called the Great Barrington Declaration after the western Massachusetts town where it was hatched this month at an economic policy think tank, their statement of purpose is the handiwork of three principal drafters who include Stanford medical professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.“As infectious disease epidemiologists and publ...
The Mercury News
Susan Tompor: Precious metals scheme played up fears of conservatives, elderly to drain savings
The fear of waking up one day and watching your 401(k) implode has continued to fester during the pandemic, the civil unrest and and a hotly charged election in 2020.So, why shouldn’t we expect that someone would try to scare people out of all their money and putting every dime they’ve got into, say, silver or gold coins and bars? Investors in their 60s, 70s and 80s are particularly vulnerable since they might have built up hundreds of thousands of dollars in life savings.A Maryland investor, according to a civil complaint filed by a group of regulators in September, was told that roughly $300...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Vague promises, 'pixie dust' not enough to maintain ACA protections
Type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Coronary artery disease. Mental illness. These are just a few of what used to be known as “declinable conditions” before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.If you had one of them and had to buy health coverage on your own because you were self-employed, retired early or lost your job, insurers could simply reject your application for coverage. Or, if they did sign you up, exclude treatment costs for them.Note how common many of these are. Overall, 27% of American adults under age 65 have what was once considered a declinable condition, according to a ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The earliest COVID-19 patients faced stigma, bigotry. But experts say their contributions to science taught much about the virus
CHICAGO — She was known as Patient 1.The Chicago woman in her 60s had traveled on Christmas Day to Wuhan, China, where she cared for her elderly father who had fallen ill to a mysterious, undiagnosed respiratory sickness.After returning to Chicago in mid-January, her own symptoms emerged: fever, cough and fatigue, followed by nausea and dizziness.While hospitalized for pneumonia, she became the first patient in Illinois and the second in the nation to test positive for the novel coronavirus, a new and little-understood illness that would soon burgeon into an international pandemic, sickening m...
As cases for Roy Halladay and Dick Allen point out, baseball's retired numbers are multiplying
PHILADELPHIA — On March 22, 1962, in Clearwater, Fla., at a postgame cocktail party attended by writers and club personnel, the Phillies retired their first number, Robin Roberts’ No. 36.There was no hype for the future Hall of Fame pitcher, then a 35-year-old hoping to extend his career with the Yankees, only a brief speech from Phils owner Bob Carpenter, whose words unintentionally indicted his franchise’s history.“This is an honor for the Phillies,” Carpenter said. “They’ve had (Grover Cleveland) Alexander, Roberts and one or two others. But that’s about it.”Despite the informality, it was ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
South Florida elder-care facilities say new COVID testing rules are 'impossible'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — COVID testing requirements for nursing home staff put into effect this week are “impossible” to meet, operators of South Florida facilities say.The federal rules require routine staff testing twice a week in communities with high infection rates — such as Miami-Dade and Broward counties — and once a week in Palm Beach County. The nursing homes must meet the testing requirement for participation in Medicare and Medicaid or incur fines as high as $8,000 per instance when they don’t comply.But nursing home operators say they don’t have the supplies to conduct the tests.Emp...
Single COVID-19 death lowest Minnesota daily total since April
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota on Monday reported only one COVID-19 death in an elderly person from Waseca County — the lowest one-day total since April 13.The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday also reported 679 infections with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and an estimated 306 hospitalizations of people with the infectious disease. That included 131 people requiring intensive care due to breathing problems or other complications from their infections.The death reported on Monday involved a person from Waseca County in the 70 to 74 year age range and brought the state’s total in t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Fabiola Santiago: COVID-19's toll extends beyond record deaths, the sick and unemployed. Wear a mask
COVID-19’s human toll is immeasurable.In places such as Florida’s epicenter, Miami-Dade County, the suffering isn’t fully captured in the record number of deaths and infections, and the plight of the unemployed.There’s the husband in Aventura, Florida, never before separated from his wife, who tells you, sobbing, that he hasn’t been allowed to see the elderly woman, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, in five long months. Devoted to her care even after he was forced to place her in a nursing home, he no longer sees the point in living.There’s the angst-ridden mother worried about her diabetic son se...
Death of funeral home matriarch points to COVID-19's reach
AUSTIN, Texas — For decades, Lois Villaseñor had helped Latino families coping with the death of loved ones.Recently, the East Austin funeral home she and her late husband founded in the late 1950s has been busier, as the coronavirus pandemic swept over the community it serves. The business has adopted funeral rites — limited, masked services with burials often viewed through car windows.In late July, at age 87, Villaseñor herself died of COVID-related complications, one of scores of coronavirus deaths last month in Travis County at the height — thus far — of the pandemic in Texas. Her service...