Trump's path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden's hometown
CARBONDALE, Pa. — Mayor Justin Taylor sat in his office in the century-old brick City Hall building overlooking downtown Carbondale, a framed photo of him with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on the wall. Taylor became mayor in this small city of 8,000 when he was 25, just a few years out of the University of Scranton.Now, 18 years later, Taylor is a husband, a dad, and an owner of multiple businesses (small-town mayors don’t make much). He has also, like so many of his constituents, jettisoned whatever ties he once felt to the Democratic Party — even if he hasn’t formally changed his regi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida adds Arkansas, Texas A&M to 2020 conference-only schedule
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators added Arkansas and Texas A&M to complete the 10-game conference-only 2020 schedule set forth by the SEC last week amid the coronavirus pandemic.The two new SEC games will pit UF coach Dan Mullen and his team against former Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks, now at Arkansas, in the Swamp and against the Aggies on the road. Texas A&M is led by former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who was 7-1 against the Gators before leaving to take over the Aggies following the 2017 season.The SEC is expected to release game dates, times and TV info at a later date.UF ...
Balancing Act: Chicago-area police officer launches group to support Black-owned startups: 'I have a duty to do more for my ancestors'
CHICAGO — At 42, Tosha Wilson has her retirement plans mapped out.An Evanston police officer for the past two decades, Wilson figures she has about five more years on the force. Her cousin Jacqui White is a Highland Park police officer on roughly the same time table.For the past year and a half, Wilson and White have been researching and planning to open a laundromat and cafe in Evanston’s historically Black 5th Ward, not far from where they both grew up. They’ll spend their retirements side by side, joining and leading their community in conversations and camaraderie over shared meals and cle...
Maintenance failure caused Minnesota Guard helicopter crash that killed 3
MINNEAPOLIS — The improper installation of an engine’s hydromechanical unit was at fault in the December helicopter accident near St. Cloud that killed three members of the Minnesota National Guard, according to a summary of an investigation released Wednesday.The crash killed James A. Rogers Jr., 28, of Winsted; Charles P. Nord, 30, of Perham, and Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, of Avon.The three-man crew — a maintenance test pilot, a pilot and an aircraft mechanic — was conducting a routine maintenance flight southwest of the St. Cloud Regional Airport on Dec. 5 when the first engine failed. The se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Georgia passes 200,000 coronavirus cases
ATLANTA — Georgia passed more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the state Department of Public Health.The department said 201,713 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported. The state is also nearing 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the latest total at 3,984.A total of 19,788 hospitalizations have been reported, with 3,616 patients admitted into intensive care units, the department said.Wednesday’s latest numbers also show 3,817 more cases reported over the last 24 hours, along with 65 more deaths over the same period. Nat...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
John M. Crisp: How does a good citizen cope with a bad government?
“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day?” This is a question that Henry David Thoreau asked in 1848 as he considered his relationship to an administration that he thoroughly detested.The administration was President James K. Polk’s, and the immediate cause of Thoreau’s discontent was the Mexican War, an illegal land-grab that moved Ulysses S. Grant to ponder whether there was ever “a more wicked war.”Thoreau’s opposition to the war was backgrounded by his larger complaint about the federal government in 1848, its toleration of slavery: “I cannot for an instan...
Tribune News Service
'There's something about him': Tua Tagovailoa already making an impression on his Dolphins teammates
It’s only been a matter of days since they actually met in person for the first time this week after being restricted to virtual meetings since the end of April.But it seems like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa have already hit it off.So much so, they have already had the conversation that may seem the most uncomfortable to have for other football players in their scenario heading into the Miami Dolphins’ 2020 football season.“I don’t know how much time it will be before Tua is in the lineup. I know that I’m the placeholder. And we’ve already had that conversation,” Fitzpatrick said on Sat...
Searing heat will make COVID-19 racial disparities worse
WASHINGTON — Scientists say the nation is experiencing another public health emergency that will further exacerbate the coronavirus crisis: extreme heat.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the next three months will be hotter than normal for much of the country; 2020, it says, likely will rank as one of the hottest years on record.Communities of color, particularly lower-income Black and Latino neighborhoods, will be particularly affected. Extreme heat likely will push more residents into crowded cooling centers, where they may be exposed to the virus, and worsen ...
Why Eagles took QB Jalen Hurts in second round of NFL draft after paying Carson Wentz $108 million
PHILADELPHIA — This isn’t Howie Roseman’s first rodeo. He’s had his football judgment questioned more times than he can count in the years he’s been running the Eagles’ personnel department. Comes with the territory.But even he was a little taken aback this spring by the level of furor caused by the team’s decision to draft University of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round.His wife’s 91-year-old grandfather, who lives in Mobile, Ala., which is just a three-hour drive from Tuscaloosa where Hurts spent three years playing for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, sent him a cartoon f...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Vahe Gregorian: Mention of John Lewis evokes emotional, telling response from Missouri's Cuonzo Martin
Among the advantages of the video conference phenomenon given rise amid the pandemic is the glimpses it might afford into the sorts of stuff you might never see or know otherwise.Maybe it’s what someone displays in their background, like a rendering of David slaying Goliath behind Royals general manager Dayton Moore from his home. Or what they might have at their disposal and be inclined to call upon at this very different sort of distance.So when I asked Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin Friday about how cognizant he had been of the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, who died J...
The Kansas City Star