COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Coronaspeak has gone viral, and the English language may never be the same
This weekend, I’m having quarantinis with my quaranteam. It will be nice to be together in person, since we all have Zoom fatigue. We’ll meet outdoors, so no need for PPE, but we’ll still social distance. After all, we aren’t covidiots, and we sure don’t want a second wave. If we have to lock down to flatten the curve again, it would be a coronapocalypse.A year ago, that paragraph would have been unintelligible. Now, it’s as clear as a plexiglass shield.The eight-month-old pandemic has had such a huge impact on the English language that editors of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary have s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Trudeau plans to keep borders closed until COVID-19 cases dropPrime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated he plans to keep Canada’s borders closed as long as coronavirus cases remain elevated in the U.S.“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” the prime minister said Wednesday morning in an interview with a radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba.“We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the Unite...
Tribune News Service
Dangerous network of militia members spurred by COVID has spread to 16 states, report says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The leader of an armed standoff with federal authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge and his allies have exploited COVID-19 fears to build a dangerous network of militia members and other far-right factions, according to a new report by two groups that track extremism.Ammon Bundy, who led the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, began building the People’s Rights network in March, says the report by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the Montana Human Rights Network. Since then, the report says, the network has rapidly...
The Kansas City Star
Tropical Storm Delta dumps rain over northeastern Louisiana, nearby states as it moves farther inland
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Delta weakened to a tropical storm overnight, but the system still packs high wind gusts and threatens heavy rains across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.As of Saturday morning, Tropical Storm Delta was about 45 miles south-southeast of Monroe, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, the NHC said in its latest advisory.Delta is moving north-northeast at 16 mph, and is expected to move across northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley late Saturday and into Sunday, the NHC said.About 780,00...
A century ago, Bobby Marshall made history playing in NFL's first game
MINNEAPOLIS — Odds are Bobby Marshall is the greatest football player, the most distinguished Minnesotan and the most multifaceted Black pioneer you’ve never heard of.As the first full century of NFL games officially faded into the history books this past week, today’s players look forward to a future in which their voices can impact social justice. But it’s also important, leaders say, to look back and honor the backs upon which today’s opportunities were built.“It’s amazing to me what those guys went through to give us the opportunities we have today,” said Vikings co-defensive coordinator A...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Black joy and a handful of mundane moments that have sparked happiness the last 6 months
I could write a very, very long list of all the sucky, heartbreaking, discouraging things that have happened this year, including the recent news of the Breonna Taylor case.But today, I’m choosing joy. If it’s one thing I know about Black people, it’s that we have unintentionally mastered the craft of holding both joy and pain at the same time. We’ve had to, almost as a survival tactic. If you held only the grief or the trauma, you’d just be a sad shell of a person.But we find the glimmers among the gloom, and joy in the midst of perpetual heartache in order to keep moving forward.So here’s a ...
Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south
MINNEAPOLIS — Buckling into the car seat in early August, I felt excitement and dread. After so much time in my own backyard, I was looking forward to seeing new landscapes, but wary because once we crossed the Minnesota border, we would be road tripping exclusively through red-zone states.In late July, the White House’s coronavirus task force had slapped that label on all the places we would be driving through because they had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people. Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana were now beautiful, bucolic — and deeply worrisome.Headed to ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
No. 4 Georgia rallies before rolling to 37-10 win against Arkansas
Maybe it was jet lag. Maybe it was all the delays and personnel changes in the offseason. Whatever it was, Georgia got over it in the third quarter, and quarterback Stetson Bennett rallied the Bulldogs to a 37-10 road victory over Arkansas in the season opener Saturday.But the win came only after getting a big scare from the Razorbacks and new coach Sam Pittman. The Bulldogs fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter, clawed their way back to trail 7-5 at halftime, then found themselves looking up at a 10-5 deficit early in the third quarter.Then, Georgia finally made something happen.Following the ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Martin Schram: Senate GOP meets its match in virtual debate
A combative and divisive debate — a clash of politically polar opposites — has erupted in the U.S. Senate, an institution whose website proudly proclaims itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”Actually, it is only a virtual debate so far. Not a real one. But it is indeed a battle of the extremes.What the Senate’s greats are deliberating, in virtual reality, is whether they should rush a vote on confirming President Donald Trump’s 2020 nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Even though, in less than six weeks, Americans will be voting on whether to reele...
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