Television Q&A: New 'Dancing with the Stars' judge Tyra Banks draws ire of fans
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Whoever is in charge of “Dancing with the Stars,” please, please get rid of Tyra Banks. She will bring this show down and you will lose all your viewers!A: I have received quite a few letters complaining about the changes at “DWTS,” which I explained in an earlier column. Banks is not pleasing fans of the now-gone Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the current “stars” seem unfamiliar to many viewers, and one reader objected to a voting system online and via text message, instead of by standard telephone for less tech-minded viewers.Now, competition shows ...
Tribune News Service
Dream moderators for the next presidential debate: From Judge Judy to Jerry Springer
We’re a country divided, but the day after the first presidential debate, we can agree on one thing: Moderator Chris Wallace had his work cut out for him.Repeated interruptions by President Donald Trump and a strikingly combative debate had citizens calling for a mic-mute option and complaining that Wallace wasn’t up to the job of reining in the candidates.We want to help. So in the interest of civil discourse and national unity, we drew up this list of dream moderators — either fictional or actual — who could really get the job done.JUDGE JUDYAdept at eye rolls, watch-tapping and sniffing out...
Proposition 19 would expand California homeowner tax breaks
Ellie and Jack Rosebush lost their Paradise home in the Camp Fire two years ago.The last thing the couple wanted to worry about after deciding to rebuild downtown was a jump in property taxes based on their new construction, Ellie Rosebush said.The Rosebush’s are using a one-time exemption to carry their old property tax rate to their new Butte County home but worry about neighbors being ineligible for the tax break because they’ve moved multiple times. Rosebush, a real estate agent, believes Proposition 19 on the November ballot would grant relief to homeowners struck by natural disaster.“We ...
The Mercury News
Solomon Jones: Kamala Harris wants to speak to the Black community. Are we ready to listen?
Hours before a presidential debate that erased the boundaries of political decorum, I spoke to the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris. I asked her about the concerns of Black Philadelphians — a community that could very well decide the election.In the state’s most populous city, where African Americans make up nearly half the population, Black people could be the key to winning Pennsylvania. And without Pennsylvania, Joe Biden’s path to the presidency narrows considerably. That makes Harris, a woman of Black and South Asian heritage, more than just a capable running mate....
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cindy Blackman Santana, a drum dynamo in jazz and rock, on music, her all-star new album and famous husband
How did acclaimed drummer Cindy Blackman Santana react when her husband and musical partner, guitar legend Carlos Santana, first suggested she make an album featuring her singing?“I was like: ‘That’s OK, honey, but thanks’!” she recalled with a hearty laugh.“Just because I love drumming so much, my first thought about making any music is to get on the drums and create with people. Before I met Carlos, my mother would say to me: ‘You should sing!’ I would tell her: ‘Oh, mom, you love me. Thanks very much, but no, thank you.’ Then Carlos would hear me around the house and say: ‘You should sing.’...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
New Laws Keep Pandemic-Weary California at Forefront of Health Policy Innovation
SACRAMENTO — Though COVID-19 forced California leaders to scale back their ambitious health care agenda, they still managed to enact significant new laws intended to lower consumer health care spending and expand access to health coverage.When Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded the chaotic legislative year Wednesday — his deadline to sign or veto bills — what emerged wasn’t the sweeping platform he and state lawmakers had outlined at the beginning of the year. But the dozens of health care measures they approved included first-in-the-nation policies to require more comprehensive coverage o...
California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash
Calistoga (United States) (AFP) - The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga.California's Glass Fire turned much of that dream to ash, destroying a 3-star restaurant at Meadowood resort, torching wineries such as Chateau Boswell, and tainting precious grapes with smoke.The United States's west coast is experiencing a record-breaking fire season, with five of the state's six biggest blazes in history currently burning, and nearly four million acres scorched.At least a dozen Napa wineries and vineyards ...
Fire damage to US wine region laid bare as latest death confirmed
Calistoga (United States) (AFP) - The scale of wildfire devastation to Napa's world-famous wine region was laid bare Wednesday as firefighters reported minor progress battling the flames and a separate California blaze claimed its latest victim.At least a dozen Napa wineries and vineyards were burned as the so-called Glass Fire erupted this week, with the scorched area now spanning almost 50,000 acres (20,200 hectares) and the inferno still just two percent contained.A stone building used for storage and as a laboratory at the Castello di Amorosa winery in Napa Valley was left in ruins, as smo...
Paul Sullivan: With Cubs and White Sox facing elimination, Thursday could be a great day for Chicago baseball — or a total bummer
CHICAGO — The beauty of baseball is there’s always another game tomorrow, even as the Chicago Cubs and White Sox realize there will be no more tomorrows if they don’t get the job done Thursday.The Cubs blew a late lead Wednesday in a lackluster 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in their wild-card series opener at Wrigley Field, while a late Sox comeback fell short in a 5-3 loss to the Athletics in Game 2 of their series in Oakland.With both teams facing do-or-die situations and starting their games an hour apart, the dream of crosstown World Series — played in Texas — could come crashing down arou...
Mac Engel: Dallas Cowboys' Dontari Poe on taking a knee: 'This is the beginning of my fight.'
FRISCO, Texas — The first man from the Dallas Cowboys to take a knee knows it may be unpopular, and he doesn’t care.Defensive tackle Dontari Poe said Wednesday he has spoken to team owner Jerry Jones, and he has the full support of the team and his teammates every time he takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem.Poe has been the only member of the Dallas Cowboys to kneel during the national anthem, and on Wednesday he addressed the media for the first time since the season began.“It’s because I felt like America, in the whole, wasn’t doing the right thing to people of my color,” ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram