Farmer on U.S.-China trade pact: 'Ag economy doesn't live on promises'
WASHINGTON — Minnesota wheat and soybean farmer Tim Dufault summed up his reaction to the Trump administration’s trade war with China.“We are now nearly two years into a trade war that we were told would be good and easy to win,” Dufault told the House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. “Time and again, we have been told to hold out for a deal that would make all the pain worth it. And while you would be hard pressed to find a farmer who would disagree with the fact that China has been a bad actor, farmers have shouldered the pain for a strategy that has seen only one minor tariff red...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'The Invisible Man' review: Elisabeth Moss vs. a psycho-stalker-invisible ex-boyfriend
The “subtle secret of invisibility”: That’s how H.G. Wells described his title character’s ace in the hole in the 1897 serial (and, later, novel) “The Invisible Man.” That secret has been exploited subtly as well as crassly in the movies, from the 1933 Claude Rains version to the pervy Paul Verhoeven-directed Kevin Bacon vehicle “Hollow Man,” a generation ago.The latest film version loosely adapting the Wells story exploits it both ways, subtly and crassly. It works, thanks largely to a riveting and fearsomely committed Elisabeth Moss mining writer-director Leigh Whannell’s stalker scenario fo...
New rides help lift attendance at SeaWorld parks for second year in a row
SeaWorld Entertainment managed to eke out a slight gain in attendance in 2019 across its 12 parks, extending the company’s rebound from a years-long decline in visitation and revenue.While not anywhere near as robust as the 8.6% gain in 2018, attendance still grew by 42,000, or .2 percent, reaching a little more than 22.6 million guests. That total, though, is still off the company’s 2012 peak attendance of 24.4 million visitors. Revenue was also up for the year, increasing 1.9% to $1.4 billion, the Orlando-based company reported on Wednesday.The company’s “strategic focus on new rides, attrac...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mark Bradley: Is UGA's Anthony Edwards worthy of the No. 1 pick?
Short answer: no. Longer answer follows.A gentle reminder: The NBA doesn’t care what a player’s college team does. We note again that the No. 1 picks in 2016 and 2017 — Ben Simmons of LSU and Markelle Fultz of Washington — didn’t grace the NCAA tournament. (Fultz’s Huskies went 9-22, if you can believe that.) The No. 1 pick in 2018, the massive DeAndre Ayton of Arizona, played on a team that lost its first NCAA game by 21 points to Buffalo.In this century, here’s the complete list of No. 1 picks who played in that year’s Final Four: Greg Oden in 2007, Anthony Davis in 2012, Karl-Anthony Towns ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Utah animal sanctuary draws intrepid travelers looking for something different
KANAB, Utah — During my three decades as a travel writer, this was the first time I had found myself in the doghouse. Literally. I was in the Puppy Pre-school at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s Dogtown, cuddling an affectionate pit bull mix named Challah. She was the last of her litter, and if there is any justice in the world, this adorable mutt has already found or will soon find her forever home.In the meantime, she — and others like her — receive lots of TLC from the passionate staff at Best Friends. Let me amend that — Challah and others both like and unlike her. Here, in this sprawling 3...
Tribune News Service
'Coronavirus can't kill the industry': China cruise market here to stay, analysts say
Just six years ago, the largest cruise companies in the world were racing each other to China, lured by the country’s growing middle class. The ships, some custom-built for Chinese taste, docked full time in places like Shanghai and Beijing, taking tourists from mainland China and other countries in Asia mostly on short cruises around the region.Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese ports are shuttered, and Miami-based cruise companies have repositioned ships to other parts of the world, temporarily halting the China cruising that was meant to be a boon for the industry. The chan...
Will Bunch: Can we talk about the Trump-loving, QAnon-type who slaughtered 10 people in Germany?
The virus is spreading worldwide faster than our ability to contain it.No, not that one.I’m thinking about the tragic and shocking events that took place on the night of Feb. 19, nearly 4,000 miles away in the German community of Hanau, not far from the city of Frankfurt. Around 10 p.m., a man walked into a popular hookah lounge called the Midnight Bar in Hanau’s central square and began firing at the bartender and patrons, most of Turkish descent. Then the gunman fled to a second bar in a nearby town and repeated the carnage.In all, nine people were slaughtered. The mass murderer then returne...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Anna of the North only sounds like a 'Game of Thrones' character, even if she (kinda) comes with elf ears
People look for liberation in all sorts of ways. Anna of the North found hers in a pair of pointy elf ears that would make “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson proud.It all began when the Norwegian electronic-pop singer-songwriter — birth name Anna Lotterud — traveled to Los Angeles for a video shoot. She started sharing some of her artistic ideas with the project’s director. He told her she could do whatever she wanted to do.“I said, ‘OK, I want elf ears,’” Lotterud remembers with a laugh, calling from her home in Oslo. “I love elves. At the same time, it’s so unreal when you see ‘T...
Editorial: Endorsement: Vote Pete Buttigieg president to make America good again
Among the biggest questions in the 2020 presidential election are these:How will liberals, moderates and independents winnow the Democratic field in the primary election on March 3 when California and 14 other states and territories vote on Super Tuesday?If the economy stays strong through the general election, can any Democrat defeat Donald Trump, who is building that wall, claims to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history and who in three years has already ensured conservative dominance of federal courts for generations?What would the United States even look like in 2024 if Trump is r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fish-passage project at Howard Hanson Dam could open upper Green River to salmon and steelhead
SEATTLE — Salmon and steelhead could once again inhabit more than 100 miles of the upper Green River watershed now that the entire Washington congressional delegation has backed restarting a federal project to allow fish to pass the Howard Hanson Dam.The fish-passage project could open even more habitat for chinook and coho salmon and steelhead than the celebrated Elwha Dam removal project, the largest in the world. The Howard Hanson Dam would remain intact but the work would double the amount of spawning habitat available to salmon and steelhead in the watershed — and open all of the best of ...
The Seattle Times