Heidi Stevens: Chicago couple gets married over Zoom webinar
CHICAGO — The bride wore white. The cat wore a bowtie. The guests wore pretty much whatever they wanted to wear.Chicago couple Rachel Jacobs and Aron Croft were scheduled to join in holy matrimony on Saturday in an elegant ceremony at the University Club, followed by a Sunday morning celebration at Revolution Brewing in the Logan Square neighborhood.But the coronavirus put the kibosh on those plans, so they nailed down a new set of dates, reconfigured their various contracts (flowers, music, photographer) and emailed their guests to tell them the wedding was postponed until August. (Surely the...
Study: Taking low-dose aspirin daily doesn't lower dementia risk
For years, doctors have prescribed a low-dose aspirin regimen to some people to help reduce the risk of a heart attack. But the same benefits aspirin offers for heart disease and stroke have not been found for lessening the risk of cognitive decline, according to a recently published study.Researchers theorized that because aspirin, which is anti-inflammatory and thins the blood, has heart benefits, it may also be beneficial to the brain.It was thought that aspirin could possibly lower the risk of dementia by lowering inflammation, reducing small clots or stopping the narrowing of blood vessel...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Twins scout in South Korea stuck at home, but country's teams could start playing soon
MINNEAPOLIS — There just might be baseball played somewhere in this world as soon as the end of April, giving David Kim an opportunity to return to his perch in the stands.Kim is a Twins scout who works the Pacific Rim but, for the past several weeks, has been at his home in Goyang City, about 10 miles outside Seoul, South Korea.The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) season was to celebrate opening day on Saturday, but, because of the coronavirus outbreak, the start of the season has been delayed at least three weeks. South Korea has attracted worldwide interest for how it has handled the pand...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus tests: Prince Charles and other celebrities still getting them but not Kathy Griffin and most everyone else
Comedian Kathy Griffin offered herself up as evidence that President Donald Trump is “lying” after he recently gloated about the number of coronavirus tests the United States has carried out.Griffin said on Instagram Wednesday that she had been denied a test, even though she’s in “a COVID-19 isolation ward in a major hospital,” suffering from “unbearably painful symptoms.”If Griffin doesn’t get her test, that would make her rare in celebrity world. Just consider Prince Charles, or other rich and famous people including Kris Jenner, Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and Kevin Durant. They reportedly haven’...
The Mercury News
Elizabeth Wellington: How to reset your routine, keep your energy up, and stay motivated while social distancing
My first week of coronavirus social distancing was all over the place.With no early-morning yoga, I slept in. When I finally shuffled into the living room — still wearing my pjs, — I plopped onto my couch and turned on the news. Within seconds my heart was racing as I caught up on how bad things really were. So I changed the channel (Hello, Netflix), nestled into my couch, answered emails, chatted with editors, banged out a few stories on the laptop, and snacked.Somewhere around Thursday morning, I realized that my life couldn’t continue like this indefinitely. I had to make changes.The world ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Bunch: Will a coronavirus mirage of clean air, water inspire climate action — or make things worse?
OK, let’s be clear about one thing: Dolphins aren’t actually frolicking in the canals of a deserted Venice, a city on lockdown like the rest of Italy because of the global pandemic. But — as is sometimes the case — those misleading or faked viral tweets are an exaggerated version of something that is true, and also compelling: The shutdown of scores of tourist-packed gondolas has cleaned the murky waters of the ancient city to the point where fish are now visible.And that’s not the only remarkable vision — practically a mirage, really — as the coronavirus crisis shutters the developed world’s ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
2020 Olympics postponed until summer 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak
The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed by a year after an agreement was reached with the International Olympic Committee, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.The Games will now take place in the summer of 2021 at the earliest.“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present,” the Olympic Committee said in a statement.“Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan....
New York Daily News
More cruise ships headed to San Diego, including some with passengers
SAN DIEGO — Even though the cruise industry is shut down for now, several vessels this week and next are headed for San Diego, including two — the Holland America Maasdam and Celebrity Eclipse — that together will be carrying more than 3,300 passengers.The ships are completing voyages that started before all the major cruise lines decided in mid-March to temporarily halt future sailings amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Still others have docked or will be stopping in San Diego, with only crew members aboard, to fuel up and load the ships with needed supplies, according to the Port of San D...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Larry Stone: It's time to make it official and postpone the Tokyo Olympics due to coronavirus concerns
We are mostly numb to the jolts now, as they pertain to sports. As the coronavirus pandemic grows in scope, and grim, grimmer and grimmest scenarios are test driven, the cancellation of a random event here or there barely registers in our consciousness.There are, after all, bigger things to worry about.But officials for one event, the pinnacle of the international sports calendar every four years, still refuse to cater to reality. I speak, of course, of the Olympics. Officials stubbornly — and dangerously — have clung to the illusion that they can still somehow figure out a way for the Games t...
The Seattle Times
Mac Engel: Thanks to coronavirus, sports bettors have shifted to camel racing and the weather
Proving that no hole is deep enough, there is Russian table tennis, soccer in Belarus and rugby in Australia if you have the itch to bet.Or, if you are really sick, you can always bet the over/under on the number of page views in the United States for a specific adult website in the month of March. Or you can bet if the high in Jacksonville, Florida, will reach 81 degrees.This is what gambling has come to.In a COVID-19 world, live sports are but a faint memory to our previous lives, and a time when betting sports meant Hawks vs. Mavs rather than figuring out how to put down $20 on a camel race...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram