Alaska signs deal for more 737 Maxes now that the plane is cleared to fly
SEATTLE — Days after the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max to fly passengers again, Alaska Airlines became the first carrier to expand its fleet of the aircraft.Alaska announced Monday it will lease 13 Maxes from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corp (ALC).Alaska already has 32 Maxes on order directly from Boeing, five of which are expected to be flying by summer 2021. Alaska will begin flying the 737-9 Max in March.Following so soon after the plane was ungrounded, the transaction indicates that airlines willing to take new jets in the middle of a historic aviation downturn c...
The Seattle Times
San Jose: Two killed in stabbing spree at church
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two people were killed Sunday night in a stabbing at Grace Baptist Church, downtown near the San Jose State University campus.Other people were wounded in the attack.A tweet from the San Jose Police Department thanked San Jose firefighters and “our first responding Officers who rendered aid to victims in the middle of a chaotic scene and undoubtedly saved lives.”There was not a service at the church when the stabbing occurred, police said. “Unhoused individuals were brought into the church to get them out of the cold,” police said in a tweet.Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted that a...
The Mercury News
Life at the Epstein estate: Maxwell kept photos of topless girls, aide testified
Ghislaine Maxwell regularly took topless photos of girls who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and kept an album of the photos on her desk in Epstein’s home.That’s according to excerpts from a June 1, 2016, deposition of Juan Alessi, the former maintenance man and house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, unsealed Friday from a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said that she was manipulated and sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and that Epstein directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friend...
Online marketplace fuels fringe movements
ATLANTA — Social networks are banning them and government agencies and watchdog groups have called them domestic terrorists. But extremist groups still have a vibrant internet life thanks to online retailers.Looking for a book evangelizing the baseless and far-out QAnon conspiracy theory? Amazon has a variety of titles. How about a T-shirt with the Three Percenters militia logo? Custom shirt company TeeSpring has many styles and colors. EBay and Etsy can provide shirts, hats and stickers bearing the slogan “ACAB,” short for “All Cops Are Bastards,” popular with far-left anarchist groups. The l...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fabiola Santiago: Gov. DeSantis mishandled COVID — and we're back to widespread transmission in Florida
This is the story of another coronavirus tragedy foretold.At the end of October, during a road trip to north Florida, I began to double mask.The anti-maskers, the mask danglers — and the geniuses who wear them below their noses and under their chins — ruled the scene everywhere, except hospitals and doctors’ offices. From service plazas on the turnpike and rest stops on I-95 to the aisles of stores and indoor cafes, people disregarded signs telling them that masks were required.I felt that I had to compensate for such stupidity with extra safety precautions. Needless to say, I was the only per...
Commentary: More will die from COVID because of timid Newsom response
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom ceded moral authority to guide California out of the depths of the pandemic. More people likely will die because of his timid leadership.The week began with news that Newsom had earlier this month attended a 12-person dinner for a lobbyist friend at a tony Napa Valley restaurant, violating his own guideline — now mandate — against gatherings of more than three households.The week ended with the usually loquacious governor who rarely shies from television cameras announcing via press release a head-scratching curfew — and then sending his health secretary out to try...
The Mercury News
Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...
Susan Tompor: University of Michigan economists: Vaccine could boost U.S. growth in 2021
The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery will be pre...
Detroit Free Press
Style at Home: Walkin’ in a woodland winterland
When I think of Christmas, a few things pop instantly into my mind. Classic red and green, sitting inside by the fire with my nearest and dearest, positioning the nativity scene just so, sleigh bells jingling. However, as I was looking at all our holiday goodies, I realized I wanted to do something a bit different that reflects the changes this year has brought for me. Like many families, we’re spending even more time outside, and this has given me a newfound appreciation for the beauty of nature and the simplistic joy and wonder it brings. The visuals team and I already had our sights set on ...
Tribune News Service
Dahleen Glanton: There is more to be grateful for this Thanksgiving than family, friends and good health
Thanksgiving is the time to look back and remember how lucky we are. Often, our blessings are so bountiful that we cannot count them on two hands.But this year is different — or it might seem that way, at least.Amid COVID-19, gratitude takes a broader scope. This Thanksgiving isn’t just about taking a moment to show appreciation for the people we love or expressing our gratitude for good health and prosperity.This year, we are keenly aware of the people who have touched our lives in ways that never seemed as important before the pandemic. We are thankful for the front-line medical professional...