Disney Cruise Line delays Disney Wish to summer 2022, announces return to Hawaii
ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney Cruise Line has released its itineraries for spring 2022 including a planned return to Hawaii, and original plans to debut its newest vessel Disney Wish from Port Canaveral in January have now been pushed to summer.The line’s fifth vessel, and first of three to be added to the fleet, has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany, the line stated last week.So the first half of 2020 will see the line focusing on its first four ships, with Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy remaining the workhorses from Port Canaveral, and Di...
Blood type could be linked to severity of coronavirus infections, new studies say
A growing body of evidence suggests those who have blood type O may be less likely to contract coronavirus and typically experience less severe symptoms when they do come down with the illness.While a pair of new studies, published Wednesday in health journal Blood Advances, suggests blood type can be tied to COVID-19, experts said the way patients are being treated will not yet change. They noted it’s not clear what the exact link between the two is, adding that more research is needed.In the first study, scientists in Denmark analyzed data from 473,654 people tested for the virus between Feb...
New York Daily News
Matt Calkins: 'It's so much freakin' fun': The 5-0 Seahawks have become the NFL's must-watch team
They have had rosters stacked with so many future Hall of Famers that the game almost seemed rigged. They have had squads so imposing that if there were a stat for Sleep Lost by Upcoming Opponent, they would have led the league year after year.In the Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson era, the Seahawks have produced some of the most talented teams to come through the NFL. But they’ve never produced one as entertaining as the one we’re seeing now.Seattle’s 27-26 win over Minnesota on Sunday night was the latest hit song on this heart-palpitating album. That one-point victory was just another example o...
The Seattle Times
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Where would you travel to visit Haida Gwaii?Answer: British Columbia. The archipelago of more than 1,800 islands, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is located west of the town of Prince Rupert. It was renamed in 2009 as part of a reconciliation agreement between the Haida Nation and British Columbia.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
GM reports third-quarter sales decline, slips to third in truck war
DETROIT — General Motors’ dealers have a problem — and they say it’s a good one.They can’t keep pickups and full-sized SUVs in stock as customers continue to buy the new vehicles despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Often, the popular trucks roll off the transit already sold, driving a sales surge for many dealers in the third quarter, even stealing some customers from other brands.“I went to look this morning at our bullpen of trade-in’s and I was surprised how many F-150s and Toyota Tacoma and Tundra trucks are in there,” said John Pitre, COO of Motor City Buick GMC in Bakersfield, Calif...
Detroit Free Press
Separated by the pandemic, this cross-border couple got married at park
SEATTLE — The words on a handmade sign spoke eloquently: “Love is not tourism.”Last Sunday, a wedding — one of many — took place at busy Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine, Wash., uniting a couple who had been separated by a closed border for more than six months. Allyssa Howard drove north from the Everett area, where she has lived for the past four years; Sara Morosan came from her home in Chilliwack, British Columbia, an 80-minute drive east of Vancouver. Both wore lace dresses — one black, one white — with black lace-up boots; both of their faces glowed.Howard and Morosan are just ...
The Seattle Times
Another new orca baby born to J pod
SEATTLE — Another baby orca has been born to J pod, the Center for Whale Research confirmed Friday morning. It’s the second calf born this month for the endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound.“We confirm that there is a new calf in J pod and the mother is J41,” Ken Balcomb, the founding director of the center, wrote in a text message to The Seattle Times on Friday morning.“We have to await the whales’ return to determine its health condition and hopefully determine its success. It is important to note that the observation was in Canada and we could not be there due to cov...
The Seattle Times
Florida judge on Trump short list helped give GOP key legal win. Should she have recused?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Barbara Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban exiles in Miami who has rocketed onto the president’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court, has earned a reputation as a conservative jurist with solid credentials who tends to side with business and government in her rulings and believes courts should stick to the plain meaning of the law.But perhaps the most divisive decision in her 15 years as a judge was voting as a new member of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, which recently handed the Republicans and President Donald Trump a political gift: Lagoa joined the majority in a 6-4...
Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...
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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