Bill Torpy: When stubborn individualism clashes with a stubborner virus
There’s a truism circulating the internet that aptly sums up the patchy state of self-isolation orders. It says, “Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.”As a nation, our pool has many such sections, even within the regions that are supposedly locked down. The problem, of course, is the coronavirus knows no boundaries, whether they be national, state, county or city lines. And until recently, there’s been a hodgepodge of such directives.I get it. For a long while it was someone else’s problem, whether it be China’s or Italy...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With NBA play suspended, Goran Dragic talks free agency and first season as Heat reserve
If the NBA season is lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami Heat and many other teams will be left wondering what could have been.With the Heat just one win from officially clinching a playoff berth, a lost season would mean a lost playoff appearance. It would also mean a lost opportunity to evaluate this roster on a postseason stage in its first year together, as Miami currently holds the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference at 41-24.“You always have that in your thoughts — what if?” Heat guard Goran Dragic said to the Miami Herald of potentially having the NBA season cut...
5 theme parks-based distractions during the coronavirus closures
ORLANDO, Fla. — The internet is chockful of theme park experiences via videos, storytelling, quizzes and discussion groups. Here are five ways we had a taste of the Orlando attractions recently even though they are shut down as a safety and health precaution during the coronavirus pandemic.———JUST LIKE BEING THERE — ALONEYou can virtually stroll through the theme parks via the Visit Orlando Virtual Tour. Stops include Central Florida’s theme parks, International Drive locations plus the Winter Park, Sand Lake Road and Lake Nona areas. The parks were photographed while mostly empty, giving them...
Liz Reyer: Shifting to crisis mode with a co-worker who's a perfectionist
Q: I work with someone who is a perfectionist. This is challenging under normal circumstances. But now we need to move quickly to provide technical solutions that help our customers during COVID-19 conditions.How can I get her to become more flexible so that we can roll out solutions that are possible, rather than waiting to develop ones that are perfect?—Diana, 46, I.T. applications directorA: Be very clear on your goal, defining it precisely so that “nice to haves” can be set aside.Let’s say, for example, that you need to set up a system for customers to interact with your company virtually ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Despite some temporary shortages, COVID-19 panic consumption will end
People who live in New York City need never carry an umbrella. At the first sign of a cloud burst, nearly every corner has a ramshackle opportunist selling chintzy parasols for five or 10 bucks apiece.Supply magically meets demand. Instantly and without orchestration. It’s a microcosm of the way the U.S. economy usually works. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” rarely fumbles.Needless to say, these aren’t normal times, as some supermarkets are emptied of toilet paper, rice, flour and other staples. Nevertheless, pandemic panic consumption shortly will be a distant memory. The recent grocery cart fr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Larry Bowa, 74, is still going strong 50 years after unlikely major-league debut
Larry Bowa did not play high school baseball and he was not drafted. But when he arrived 50 years ago this month to Connie Mack Stadium, he was finally a big-leaguer. At least, that’s what he told the security guard outside the ballpark at 21st and Lehigh.“Sure,” the guard told the undersized 24-year-old. “And I’m Raquel Welch.”Once he forced his way inside the gate, Bowa stood on the third-base line as a high-school marching band played the final notes of the national anthem, his path to the major leagues ready to reach its destination.The fiery Bowa, who was listed at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
List of DVD release dates for April 7 and beyond
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:APRIL7: Little Women7: Dolittle7: Cats7: Escape from Pretoria7: Madam Secretary: The Final Season7: Swift7: The Cold Blue7: The Night Clerk14: Just Mercy14: Underwater14: Criminal Minds: The Final Season14: Final Kill14: The Righteous Gemstones: Season 121: Bad Boys for Life21: The Gentlemen21: Like a Boss21: The Turning21: Ip Man 4: The Finale21: The Last Full Measure21: Looking for Alaska21: Sea Fever———
Tribune News Service
Debra-Lynn B. Hook: Heroes, seen and unseen
Most days, I remember to say a prayer of hope and gratitude for my life and the lives of all my family members and friends, including the two sons who live with me, including a frightened sister who lives in COVID-19-ravaged New Orleans.I feel grateful for the world’s health-care workers, including my nurse friend Emily, who leaves her 10-year-old asthmatic son in the care of his grandparents so she can tend COVID patients without fear of endangering her son’s life.I remember to thank the people at the natural food co-op in town who bag and deliver groceries for me and my family twice a week, ...
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Omar Kelly: Forget needs, Dolphins should take best-player approach in 2020 draft
The beauty of what the Miami Dolphins accomplished in free agency last month, courtesy of the team’s $240 million-plus spending spree, is that the franchise didn’t leave any glaring holes on the roster.Two pass rushers with edge-setting capabilities were signed. Two starting-caliber offensive linemen were added.Two safeties who can contend to become starters in 2020 were picked up. A tailback with starting experience was thrown onto the pile.Miami added an elite cornerback in Byron Jones and signed two versatile linebackers — Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts — familiar with coach Brian Flores’...
Lori Borgman: Easter a good fit amid uncertainty
Picture-perfect celebrations frequently fade into oblivion. The celebrations that are somehow off are the ones we never forget.There was the Halloween in Chicago with unbelievably brutal winds. Trick-or-treating was cut short. Our son and daughter-in-law scooped the little ones into their arms and we protected ourselves from the cutting cold by plastering our bodies up against store fronts every few feet on the walk home.Our oldest daughter’s 25th birthday was unforgettable. She had open heart surgery at a heart hospital. She was the youngest patient they operated on that day. We rarely talk a...
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