Pandemic parties rage on across South Florida despite growing coronavirus crisis
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pulsing parties in swanky South Beach mansions. Raging raves in Miami warehouses. Backyard bashes in Palm Beach manors where teenagers drink late into the night.South Florida is a world epicenter of coronavirus infections, but some irrepressible revelers insist on trying to live out the subtropical promise of fun, sin and sun — COVID-19 or not.Experts say the pandemic parties could cost them their life.A review of police records, social media accounts, and interviews with professional event planners who refuse to let COVID-19 kill the music shows that South Florida’s wo...
GM announces price, features of 2021 Corvette, including two new colors
General Motors said Wednesday it will keep the price of its 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the same as the introductory 2020 model.The 2021 Corvette, which goes on sale late in the fourth quarter, will start at $59,995, matching this year's model, which is about a $4,000 increase over the 2019 Corvette. Comparatively, the mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman starts at $61,250. All prices include destination charges.There will also be some new content in the 2021 model, GM said.“Our mission was to develop a new sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the performance and driv...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: The shifting politics of face masks: Whose freedom is it?
Congressional Republicans put out a clear message recently: Face masks are OK. You should wear one.The concerted effort, reluctantly joined by President Donald Trump, should ease the partisan tension, if not end it, over face masks in the battle to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.Hopefully, that will do the same for the larger philosophical struggle that frames the dispute, one that has been at the center of American culture and history since the nation’s founding — individual choice and liberty vs. collective freedom and security.Striking a balance in that constant conflict isn’t ea...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Summer air travel: Masks, a new boarding routine and bagged snacks
CHICAGO — After months of hunkering down at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are slowly returning to the skies — some eagerly, some cautiously — and all curious to see how their first flight in months will be different.On a recent morning at O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 1, used primarily by hometown carrier United Airlines, the scene was anything but what used to be considered normal. There were few families heading off on vacation and even fewer corporate road warriors killing time in the airport lounge. Employees appeared to outnumber travelers at the check-in area. A co...
Auto review: 2021 Nissan Rogue makes room for car seats, adds clever navigation
A new version of Nissan’s best-selling Rogue compact SUV goes on sale this fall with advanced new driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control that can slow the vehicle in anticipation of oncoming curves and exit ramps.As it enters its third generation, the 2021 Rogue gets a bit shorter and adopts boxy new styling that’s a departure from the outgoing model, which was Nissan’s No. 1 seller and one of America’s leaders with 350,447 sales in 2019. The Rogue competes with SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and VW Tiguan.The new model gets an uprig...
Detroit Free Press
Truck driver didn't intend to hit protesters on bridge, Minnesota authorities say
MINNEAPOLIS — State authorities said Monday that the driver of tanker truck did not intend to hit anyone when he drove onto the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, sending protesters running for their lives.Government officials say the trucker, 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko, may not have realized that I-35W and other interstates had been closed as part of the ongoing unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd last week after an encounter with Minneapolis police.No injuries among demonstrators have been confirmed, the officials said.State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Vechirko, drivin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)