Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons
SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bob Brookover: Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes baseball's contentious labor talks lead to some future improvements
PHILADELPHIA — Sometimes you think things cannot get any worse. Killer bees, for example, had to believe they would forever hold the title of being the most menacingly named stingers in the history of the United States.And then along came the murder hornet.It sounds nastier, it looks nastier and it is nastier.For baseball, it is difficult to imagine anything more awful than the labor dispute that led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. It was American greed at its worst and it went on for eight months with the owners even staging six weeks of a bogus spring training before the sides ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bob Raissman: Peyton Manning as an NFL analyst is worth waiting for, so a network needs to sign him up now
With Peyton Manning now saying he has not said “no forever” to an NFL TV analyst gig, it’s time for some network to sign him to a futures contract without a set start date.Manning would be worth the wait.“I said ‘no’ to this year. This doesn’t feel like the right time,” Manning said on “The Rich Eisen Show.” “This just doesn’t feel like the right time. I hate having this sort of ‘check-with-me-next-year-type-deal,’ but that’s really how I have approached this chapter. I believe in taking it a year at a time.”Moving quickly on Manning is not without precedent. NBC already signed quarterback Dre...
New York Daily News
Twin Cities curfews fail to prevent looting, fires, protests
MINNEAPOLIS — Heaping furious, violent contempt on an 8 p.m. curfew, rioters rampaged across much of Minneapolis for a fourth night Friday, setting towering fires, looting businesses and firing shots at police officers, all in response to the death of a black man under a white police officer’s knee on Monday.By all accounts, law enforcement presence was almost undetectable until just before midnight, when hundreds of police officers, state troopers and National Guard troops, accompanied by armored vehicles, fanned out into troubled areas, confronting rioters with tear gas and orders to dispers...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Are Facebook fights over coronavirus worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multi-level marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendi...
The Charlotte Observer
Royals won't lay off or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With unemployment nationwide reaching historic levels and the professional sports landscape at a relative standstill, Kansas City Royals ownership and management have taken steps to avoid layoffs and furloughs amid Major League Baseball’s uncertain future.Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed an ESPN report Friday afternoon that the club has opted to institute tiered pay cuts at the upper levels of executive pay, including Moore’s salary, to avoid cutting employees.All 30 MLB franchises have taken steps to address revenue losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronaviru...
The Kansas City Star
Florida hospital starts ICU unit to treat MIS-C, the kids illness linked to COVID-19
MIAMI — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has created a new unit in ICU to prepare for a likely increase of children ill with MIS-C, an inflammatory disorder that has affected at least seven children in Florida and is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The specialized four-room “MIS-C pod” is part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and will make it easier to treat patients diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, said Dr. Keith Meyer, medical director of extracorporeal services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami.“About a week ago we noticed that we had...
GEO Group sues Netflix for trademark infringement over use of logos in 'Messiah' series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The GEO Group, a Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention centers, is suing Netflix over the streaming provider’s depiction of its “misappropriated trademarks and name” in its original series “Messiah.”The suit says the series “falsely accuses GEO of detaining immigrants in overcrowded overheated rooms with chain-link fences and depriving them of beds, bedding, sunshine, recreation and educational opportunities.”It goes on to say that “Unlike in ‘Messiah,’ GEO does not house people in overcrowded rooms with chain-link fences at its Facilities, but prov...
Nordstrom sales plunge 40%, but retailer touts its flexibility
SEATTLE — Nordstrom insists it is well-positioned moving forward despite reporting a 40% drop in first-quarter sales and a loss of more than half a billion dollars in a coronavirus walloping far worse than analysts expected.CEO Erik Nordstrom told analysts in a conference call after results were released Thursday that the company’s inventory reductions and increased online emphasis leave it with enough liquidity and flexibility as the nation begins to reopen. The company this month reopened nearly 40% of its stores — mostly in smaller markets — and implemented curbside pickup at most full-line...
The Seattle Times
Michael Imperioli of 'The Sopranos' shot his new movie guerrilla-style in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — If you were under the Market Frankford El last summer watching a bunch of people who claimed to be shooting a movie, it’s confirmed — they really were shooting a movie. It’s the ultra low-budget “Between Wars,” available to stream this week, co-starring Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos.”Rapper Boskoe 100 and Harley Flanagan, front man for hardcore rock band the Cro-Mags, also have roles in the movie.“Between Wars” is the passion project of New Yorker Tom Phillips, who shot half the movie in Philadelphia because he needed a place to shoot without permits with locations that cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer