Bob Mould is on fire with new album echoing his Hüsker Dü years
When he blew off some smoke in the recording studio in February, Bob Mould didn’t know he would literally be surrounded by it in the days leading up to his new album’s release.“We can’t even leave the house, it’s so bad,” the ex-Minnesotan indie-rock legend said by phone last week from San Francisco.The city he now calls home has been shrouded in smoke from wildfires burning all around Northern California. It made for a prophetically eerie setup to talk about an album whose opening line is, “The West Coast is covered in ash and flames/ Keep denying the winds of climate change.”“Unfortunately, ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Athletes have protested for years — so what's different now? It's no longer a single, radical voice speaking out.
CHICAGO — Craig Hodges reveled in sharing history, current events and revolutionary ideas with his Chicago Bulls teammates and visiting opponents.Many shook their heads, shrugged or told him he was on his own.That included quick dismissals from Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson when the veteran Bulls guard approached them about boycotting Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals. Hodges wanted to call attention to America’s racism in the wake of the high-profile Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King.Hodges’ request was rejected. But he wasn’t deterred.“It was one of those things where they’re all sayi...
Captain Comics: Season finales of some favorite comic book shows
This is a month of endings.No less than five of the Captain’s favorite genre TV shows have reached a season finale. Maybe it’s only noticeable because the pandemic has delayed the beginning of so many other shows. Maybe it’s just a coincidence.But it’s worth a look at how those seasons ended and how they set us up for the future. (Needless to say, huge Spoiler Alerts ahead!)AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.The two-hour season 7 finale of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that aired Aug. 12 on ABC is important in a number of real-world ways. Not only was it the series finale, but it was the last live-action Marvel...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Global view of US leadership hinders foreign policy
The good news in Gallup’s recently released global poll on world leadership is that the U.S. slightly improved. The bad news is that approval across 135 nations is only 33% — just ahead of China (32%) and Russia (30%), but well behind Germany (44%), which leads the quartet of consequential countries. Even worse, disapproval of U.S. leadership is at a record 42% — twice as high as Germany (21%) and even higher than China (30%) and Russia (33%).That a democracy that has historically been a beacon of freedom and human rights is seen as just above repressive regimes in China and Russia should prov...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, is canceled for just the 2nd time in its history
For the second time in its history, the Chicago Marathon has been canceled before runners cross the starting line.Organizers on Monday announced the 43rd running of the race, scheduled for Oct. 11, will not proceed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Bank of America Chicago Marathon typically draws about 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes to the city, with a record 45,786 finishers in 2019 from 50 states and more than 100 countries. Organizers estimate about 1.7 million spectators annually line the 26.2-mile course that starts and ends near Grant Park and travels as far north as Wrigle...