Shark Week 2020: 8 fin-credible specials we want to see
Much of our summer has been a great big bummer, thanks to the pandemic. But at least we still have Shark Week.Yes, one of TV’s biggest annual events — the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will — returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday and continues through Aug. 16. With more than 20 hours of programming on the docket, Discovery is promising “bigger sharks and breathtaking breaches,” along with plenty of celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith, Snoop Dogg and Adam Devine, among others.But why do sharks get their own week, you ask? Because Sperm Whale Week doesn’t sound near...
The Mercury News
Calif. student social experiment goes terribly wrong in 'Invisible Line'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The subject was the Nazi regime.Yet, a classroom full of students at the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1967 were having a hard time understanding how German people could have possibly accepted and endorsed the horrific plans and actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis leading up to and during World War II.So, their history teacher Ron Jones organized a class project designed to demonstrate the appeal of fascism.And the resulting social experiment — known as “The Third Wave” — would go very, very wrong.“I should never have carried out the experiment and put my class...
The Mercury News
Diane Bell: San Diego-area colleges are going to pot
Higher education is getting even higher.The legalization of marijuana for medicinal use in 33 states and for recreational use in 11, including California, is giving birth to a cannabis cottage industry and with it a new educational field.Last August, the University of California, Davis, known for its agricultural curriculum, added a Cannabis and Hemp Research Center that assembled experts in marijuana law, business, cultivation, medicine, psychiatry and veterinary treatment. It also offers courses in hemp breeding, seed production, genetics and pharmacology.Tiny Pacific College of Health and S...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
7 of the best Steven Soderbergh films to watch right now, from crime dramas to caper comedies
In the history of the Academy Awards, Steven Soderbergh is the only director who had to compete against himself. And he won.Prognosticators figured Soderbergh hurt his chances by directing two of 2000’s five best pictures. (Actually, let’s make that two of the four best; how did the insipid “Chocolat” make the cut?) The conventional wisdom was Soderbergh would cancel himself out with “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich” splitting the vote, but he was the surprise victor for best director with “Traffic.” That’s even more surprising when you consider that best picture, an award that usually went hand...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Matt Calkins: Fans are getting a much-needed escape from the coronavirus pandemic — a bonanza of sports events
SEATTLE — For many Americans — possibly millions — this may be the worst August they can remember. Unemployment is still stratospheric, social restrictions are still ubiquitous, and the tunnel that is this coronavirus pandemic remains dim.But if sports are your escape — if competition is your diversion from this grim reality — then you can agree with these three words.Best. August. Ever.Sports are no longer choices on a menu but rather items in a buffet. Doesn’t matter how loud your stomach is growling, you’re not going to end the day hungry.We love the first two weeks of March Madness because...
The Seattle Times
Pandemic Hampers Reopening of Joint Replacement Gold Mine
Dr. Ira Weintraub, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who now works at a medical billing consultancy, saw a hip replacement bill for over $400,000 earlier this year.“The patient stayed in the hospital 17 days, which is only 17 times normal. The bill got paid,” mused Weintraub, chief medical officer of Portland, Oregon-based WellRithms, which helps self-funded employers and workers’ compensation insurers make sense of large, complex medical bills and ensure they pay the fair amount.Charges like that go a long way toward explaining why hospitals are eager to restore joint replacements to pre-...
Dieter Kurtenbach: Harding Park's PGA Championship makes it clear — fans can't come back soon enough
SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of thousands of golf fans were watching Thursday, but not one of them was on the course at TPC Harding Park.The first round of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major tournaments, typically would bring throngs of fans to the course. They would be stacked 10-deep, maybe 20-deep, alongside the fairway ropes that separate the golfers from the gallery.But these aren’t typical times. In the era of COVID-19, the only people at the tournament, let alone on the course, was a smattering of media and volunteers and the requisite entourage that travels with every big tourn...
The Mercury News
Drugmaker AbbVie will pay $24 million to California, whistleblower to settle fraud lawsuit
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that the Department of Insurance reached a $24 million settlement with pharmaceutical giant AbbVie that will require it to change its marketing practices for its immunology drug Humira.Once a blockbuster sales driver for the company, Humira faced stiff competition from similar drugs on the international market. In the second quarter of 2020, foreign sales of the drug dropped by nearly 20 percent, and U.S. sales did not increase enough to cover that steep drop. Humira is used to treat symptoms of arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative col...
The Sacramento Bee
In a world of virtual sets, that movie or TV show, like 'The Mandalorian,' might not be where you think — or anywhere at all
The pandemic shut down major Hollywood productions in March and five months later it is still unclear when most TV and film projects will start back up again.In Chicago, right now is typically when the three NBC shows from Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.”) begin work on the new season. That’s obviously been delayed. There’s also the fourth season of FX’s “Fargo,” starring Chris Rock, which was nearing the end of its shoot here in town when the shutdown hit; producers are hoping to find a way to finish work on that quickly.There have been ongoing conversations about p...
Trump bumbles another geographical name: 'Thigh-land'
Maybe he needs to take a few days off and unwind in Frorida.For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump is being ribbed for reading a geographic term phonetically from a prepared statement during a live speech. Although the president caught his mistake quickly, ridicule over his slip-up moved just as fast.Thursday’s faux pas occurred at a Whirlpool plant in Ohio, where the 74-year-old president was hyping the American manufacturing industry.He faulted businesses for “Shifting production to Thigh-land, and to Vietnam ,” before repeating himself, this time correctly pronouncing Tha...
New York Daily News