Commentary: The greatest country on Earth?
At the recent Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump declared what most Americans grow up hearing: “America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”My wife and I heard these words while living in a distant land, where people see things differently.We’ve come to Canada.OK, Canada is not distant geographically; it’s next door. But Canadians’ worldviews are light years away. Their assessment of America is decidedly downbeat.“America seems to be crumbling,” Jennie Orton, a technical writer with Canada’s construction industry, told me.“America’s a dy...
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Police 'pretext' traffic stops need to end, some lawmakers say
WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over.Sydnor’s wife and three daughters — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were in the car.“Are you going to jail?” one of his girls asked.The trooper said Sydnor, who is Black, had been driving too slowly. A new Virginia law made driving slowly in the left lane a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over and ticket the motorist.Sydnor, then 44, explained he was following his sister and her fam...
Justin Timberlake joins campaign to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville
Who wants to bring baseball to Nashville, Tenn.? Justin Timberlake think it’s gonna be him.The Tennessee native announced Wednesday that he’s joined a group called Music City Baseball that aims to create a professional MLB team in Nashville.“I am thrilled to be involved in the movement to bring Major League Baseball to the great state of Tennessee,” Timberlake said in a statement to the Nashville Tennessean.“I believe in Music City Baseball’s vision of linking baseball and music in a unique way to unite and entertain people and I am excited to help generate awareness throughout the community a...
New York Daily News
Geoff Baker: Canada's loss is NHL's gain as Stanley Cup drought continues north of the border
SEATTLE — Seattle-area hockey fixture Jamie Huscroft chuckles knowingly at the reality of another year without a Stanley Cup championship north of the border.For new NHL fans unfamiliar, it’s become a yearly tradition to note that no Canadian city has won a Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. The Vancouver Canucks on Friday were this year’s final Canadian contender eliminated.British Columbia native Huscroft, 53, who played in Canada for the Canucks and Calgary Flames, as well as the U.S.-based Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, then-Phoenix (now-Arizona) Coyotes an...
The Seattle Times
Nina Metz: 'Unhinged' was the first wide-release since the shutdown. More movies are coming to theaters. But is it safe?
CHICAGO — Is it safe to go to the movies?In Illinois, the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus have been steadily rising as summer draws to an end, while a vaccine remains many more months in the making, if not longer.So again: Is it safe to go to the movies?“It’s not something I would feel comfortable doing for a long time,” said Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.Another epidemiologist was even more blunt: “It’s just about the last thing I’d do right now,” Michigan-based D...
Geoff Baker: Seattle Kraken are listening to women and trying to shift the NHL culture: 'This is how it should be'
SEATTLE — Kraken professional scout Cammi Granato was raised in a hockey-playing household alongside four brothers, meaning she never felt intimidated by the sport’s male-dominated environment.But that 1980s and 1990s experience also enables the Hockey Hall of Famer a direct comparison to the “refreshing” environment currently experienced within the Kraken. Granato is one of three women in hockey operations for an expansion franchise where the female influence permeates the entire organization.“I grew up in a man’s game,” the longtime Team USA star said via phone Monday as she prepared to scou...
The Seattle Times
Alaska salmon returning smaller amid climate change, competition with hatchery fish, study finds
SEATTLE — Alaska salmon have gotten smaller in recent decades, a downsizing that appears to be largely driven by climate change and increased competition for food as hatcheries release some 5 billion young fish into the North Pacific each year, according to a study published this month by U.S. and Canadian researchers in the science journal Nature Communications.Alaska provides the vast majority of the United States’ wild salmon, and their smaller size is reducing the number of eggs that these fish produce and their value to commercial and other fishermen.That decline encompasses salmon runs a...
The Seattle Times
Black history instruction gets new emphasis in many states
Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee.Only later did he learn the story: In 1920, an affluent Black man showed up to vote for president in the tiny town after the Ku Klux Klan warned Black voters not to go to the polls. Inspired by the Klan, angry locals rioted and set fire to homes, churches and other buildings owned by Black residents. The precise death toll is in dispute, but some historians say as many as 60 Black people ...
Editorial: If college football goes on, players' health concerns must be met
Another week brings another momentous coronavirus decision. Should the college football season be canceled?It’s not quite as important as whether to reopen businesses or schools. Those are essential parts of a functioning society.College football isn’t. Just don’t tell that to millions of fans in Florida and across the U.S.They are nervously hoping schools like UCF, Florida and Florida State don’t follow the path taken Tuesday by the Big Ten and Pac-12, both of which announced they would delay the season until spring.The Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences are expect...
Court rules for transgender student in Georgia bathroom access case
ATLANTA — Transgender high school students must be granted access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled.The closely watched case granted a legal victory to Drew Adams, a transgender student who sought access to the boys’ bathroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The opinion, issued Friday, said the school board’s policy barring Adams from the boys’ bathroom violated his civil rights by discriminating against him because of his sex.Local school systems, some of which have been embroiled in controversy because of their transg...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution