Editorial: The other coronavirus symptoms: Couch time and weight gain
If you’re reading this at 11 a.m. and you already maxed out your recommended calories for the day, we feel you. Stay-home orders from state and local governments should come with refrigerator padlocks.For the privileged employees who can work from home, those not working and for those still heading out the door for work, routines have been shredded. Schools, gyms and restaurants are closed. Hospitals and nursing homes forbid visitors. Vacations have been postponed. Weddings and funerals are on hold. Let’s face it. It’s a stressful time. We’re spending more time indoors, and the only thing gett...
Terrance Wills leaned on his NBA clients at the Razor Red barbershop by the United Center. But when the sports world shut down, so did his business.
CHICAGO — There’s about 1,200 signatures on the walls inside Razor Red barbershop.It’s lined with the names of former Bulls players such as Scottie Pippen, Taj Gibson and Dwyane Wade; ex-Bears like Matt Forte and David Terrell; and those just passing through town for sporting events, with Kansas coach Bill Self or Celtics forward Enes Kanter as examples.Current Bulls often stop by to get haircuts, from assistant coach Roy Rogers, team training staff members and players like Zach LaVine, Chandler Hutchison and Wendell Carter Jr.But the windows of the shop were boarded up last week when its owne...
Assessing Detroit Lions WR corps after addition of Geronimo Allison
The Detroit Lions won’t have any shortage of options for their fourth and fifth wide receiver spots this fall.The team agreed to a one-year contract with former Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison on Sunday.Allison is the second receiver the Lions have added in the past three days, and will compete for a roster spot behind starters Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola.Golladay, Jones and Amendola all topped 60 catches last season. Golladay set career highs in yards (1,190) and touchdowns (11), and Jones had nine touchdowns despite missing the final three games with an ankle ...
Detroit Free Press
Worker finishing construction of Globe Life Field tests positive for coronavirus
A subcontractor working on Globe Life Field has tested positive for coronavirus, and the Texas Rangers have notified their employees to make sure no one was in contact with the worker.The Manhattan Construction Company said in a statement that they learned on Wednesday of the ill employee, who was stationed in an isolated area of the $1.2 billion ballpark. The area was cleared of all personnel and cleaned thoroughly.Manhattan also enforced a single entry for workers, beginning Thursday, so that each person’s temperature could be monitored. The site will cleaned during each work day, and work h...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Coronavirus cases in California ICUs double overnight as manufacturers race to fill shortages
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of coronavirus patients in California intensive care units doubled overnight and manufacturers are stepping up to build equipment like ventilators to fill hospital shortages, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Saturday.He spoke from a Bloom Energy facility in Sunnyvale retrofitted to refurbish ventilators unusable after sitting idle for years in government stockpiles. Days before, the company had used the room for storage.As Newsom talked, employees behind him wearing white coats and masks repaired machines.Newsom said the state needs 10,000 ventilators quickly to treat ...
The Sacramento Bee
Pat Leonard: Will the NFL season actually start on time?
It’s a fair question to ask. In fact, it’s only logical to ask it at this point:Is the 2020 NFL season in jeopardy of being delayed or, let’s be honest, cancelled?The answer is that the league is not there yet, not even close. They are planning for a season that starts on time, and to get there, they are neck deep in making dramatic changes to teams’ offseason operations to prepare remotely the best they can during this coronavirus pandemic.However, consider this timeline logically: experts are outlining a best-case scenario of a 12-18-month timeline for a vaccine to control the COVID-19 sprea...
New York Daily News
Venezuela's top judge was paid bribes for favors, spent millions in Miami, feds say
MIAMI — The highest-ranking judge in Venezuela — on par with the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — doled out legal favors to obtain millions in bribes paid through Miami and foreign bank accounts that he spent on chartered private jets, expensive watches and other luxury goods in South Florida, federal prosecutors say.Maikel Moreno, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, was charged on Thursday with laundering bribes that he accepted from white-collar defendants seeking breaks in their high-stakes fraud and financial cases in Venezuela.Moreno, whose criminal case was filed in Mi...
Broward County officials told Gulfstream Park horse racing violated nonessential business ban, email says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Gulfstream Park was informed earlier in the week that horse racing is not considered essential under Broward County’s executive order closing businesses deemed nonessential, according to a Thursday email from Assistant County Attorney Rocio Blanco Garcia that was forwarded to Hallandale Beach officials.The order allows Gulfstream Park and other businesses to continue “minimum basic operations” during the coronavirus pandemic, the email says. Broward County does not consider horse racing to fall under that definition, subjecting Gulfstream Park’s races to closure, accord...
Commentary: With emotions on the surface during lockdown, a critic gives thanks 8 different ways
The mood swings, needless to say, have been enough to usher in a new swing era.My wife and I are constantly forgetting what day it is. She leans forward, mistaking Thursday for Friday or even Saturday; I lean backward and think if it’s Thursday, it must be Tuesday. We have been writing a lot. The frivolous, distraction-minded stuff feels both right and wrong. The grim, business-related prognoses feel both wrong and right.I’ve been talking to vulnerable, valiant folks in the Chicago film industry: exhibitors, distributors, programmers, projectionists, digital-platform workers scrambling to figu...
Bob Dylan releases his longest song ever, a new single about John Kennedy assassination
Bob Dylan often has things to say in dark times. He threw another surprise late Thursday night in these uncertain days of COVID-19. On Twitter, Dylan dropped a new (old) song, “Murder Most Foul.”It’s the longest song he’s ever recorded —– 16 minutes, 56 seconds (25 seconds longer than 1997’s epic “Highlands,” for you Dylanologists).“It was a dark day in Dallas,” Dylan starts on “Murder Most Foul.” “November ’63. A day that will live on in infamy.”Yes, it’s the story of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the death of the dream and the ideals that he stood for.Backed by impressionis...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)