Auto review: 2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand's transformation
Don’t look now, but Buick is the shape of the auto industry’s future, and that shape is an SUV.Get used to it, because as the 2021 model year hits its stride, General Motors’ oldest brand no longer has a single traditional car in its lineup.The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy.The Encore GX completes a transition that began nearly a decade ago, when some farsighted exec recognized the approaching flood of SUVs as a rising tide that could lift a moribund brand. Buick bet on SUVs early ...
Detroit Free Press
As the coronavirus-modified NHL playoffs unfold, the key to success is all in the players' heads
SEATTLE — Onetime Seattle Breakers junior star and NHL captain Ryan Walter still isn’t sure what to make of the pandemic-modified Stanley Cup Playoffs.Now a British Columbia-based mental performance coach for athletes and business leaders, Walter admits it “freaks me out a little” to watch neutral-site games with no fans and piped-in crowd noise. He’s found games “fun to watch” but still can’t gauge how players are responding mentally after a 4 1/2-month layoff and with COVID-19 hanging over everything.“It’s going to be interesting to see how each of the teams are prepared to play at this leve...
The Seattle Times
Canucks score early, often to stop Wild 4-3, even series at 1-1
EDMONTON, Alberta — What once was a best-of-five series is now a best-of-three.After the Minnesota Wild eked out an early advantage in a near-spotless performance in its return to play, the slate was wiped clean Tuesday night when the Vancouver Canucks responded with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 at Rogers Place to even the qualifying-round showdown 1-1.A pivotal Game 3 that will push someone to the brink of elimination is Thursday afternoon.Led by their top scorers who were mostly missing in the Wild’s 3-0 Game 1 victory Sunday, Vancouver scored twice in the second period to crack open the action.U...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Amazon job openings have fallen 19% companywide in five months — but the tally is still more than 30,000
SEATTLE — In the last five months, Amazon job listings decreased about 19% globally, but still number more than 30,000. In the company’s headquarters city of Seattle, listings are off 36%.Amazon has more openings in Seattle — about 7,300 — than any other single location, down from about 11,500 in early February.That was before the coronavirus pandemic upended all aspects of life, driving a wave of business to Amazon — which made 175,000 temporary hires in its warehouses and transportation network this spring — while much of the rest of the economy shut down, causing widespread unemployment.The...
The Seattle Times
Victoria Clipper ferry suspends service to and from Seattle until April 2021
SEATTLE — Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border, the Victoria Clipper V is suspending service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, until April 30, 2021.“We wholeheartedly agree with the steps and health precautions taken by Canadian and U.S. government officials to date to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission through nonessential travel,” Clipper CEO David Gudgel said in a news release last week. “Our intent in suspending operations is to hopefully allow ample time to pass so that we may return to service next spring when travel a...
The Seattle Times
A 'Glee' curse? Fans reject the idea, but show has been haunted by tragedies
News that former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera went missing while boating on a lake in Ventura County, California, has devastated fans who flooded social media on Thursday with urgent demands to “keep searching,” while rejecting any talk about a “Glee curse.”Sadly, the incident, which authorities are referring to as a possible drowning, marks the latest tragedy to afflict the cast of the popular TV musical dramedy, which ran on Fox from 2009 to ’15.The first seismic blow to the show and its cast occurred in July 2013, when Cory Monteith, who played lovable quarterback Finn Hudson, was found dead ...
The Mercury News
The thin blue line: The history behind the controversial police emblem
SAN DIEGO — It’s a symbol that has existed for years: a black and white U.S. flag with a single blue stripe. The thin blue line.Law enforcement officers and supporters who display the thin blue line flag — on patrol vehicles, uniforms and, in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks — view it as a show of pride and respect for a dangerous profession that puts officers’ lives on the line.The idea is that police are the force that stands between law and order and chaos, the force that safeguards society against disorder.Critics, however, believe the symbol creates a sense of division betwee...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Auto review: The 2020 Buick Encore GX is bigger, badder follow-up to the Encore SUV
Buick possesses some truly fantastic model names that it no longer uses, including Electra, Invicta, Centurion and Apollo. These days, the brand’s crossover sport utility vehicles all start with the letter “E,” with its most popular model being the diminutive Encore, a subcompact crossover SUV with a dollop of Buick luxury that accounted for nearly half of Buick’s U.S. sales last year.So what is Buick doing for an encore to the Encore? Releasing a larger compact crossover SUV dubbed the 2020 Buick Encore GX.Hmmm. That ought to sow some confusion.The same trick didn’t work for Oldsmobile, when ...
Tribune News Service
Protests prompt policing changes, but skeptics doubt they will be enough
WASHINGTON — The first day protesters gathered outside Colorado’s Capitol in May to call for policing changes, state Rep. Leslie Herod stood with them.“I could hear the anger and feel the frustration, and I felt it too,” she said. “As an elected official, I realized it was time to act.”Herod, who chairs the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, began putting together legislation to require body cameras for officers, set up a database of fired officers and prohibit use of chemical irritants during protests. The House and Senate quickly passed it and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed it.Only 21 ...
Even moderate drinking can be bad for your health, study says
Heavy drinking comes with numerous documented health risks, but what about moderate drinking? According to a new study, even “low-risk” drinking can be harmful.According to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, even consuming alcohol within weekly low-risk drinking guidelines can result in hospitalization and death.Researchers led by Adam Sherk, Ph.D., of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada discovered that a significant portion of alcohol-caused death and disability was experienced by those ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution