John M. Crisp: Trump's legacy persists on the Supreme Court
How long Trump’s legacy outlasts President Donald Trump remains to be seen, but it appeared to be healthy and durable last week in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.The case was Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. The diocese sought “injunctive relief” from the governor’s executive order limiting attendance at religious services during the pandemic. Cuomo had established color-coded zones — red, orange, yellow — to indicate infection levels and imposed attendance restrictions accordingly, a maximum of 10 congregants in red zones and 25 in orange zones.The appl...
Tribune News Service
How to have a socially distanced cookie exchange this holiday season
SAN DIEGO — Every holiday season, Maya Madsen looks forward to a Christmas ornament party at one of her girlfriends’ homes, where everyone brings their own home-baked treats to share.The Scripps Ranch mother of three is among millions of Americans who love baking cookies during the holidays and exchanging them with friends to double, triple or even quintuple the variety of treats in their family’s cookie jar. But these days, getting a group of friends together to hand-pick sweets from each others’ tins could become a super-spreader event.So Madsen offered some tips on how to have a safe and so...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Daniel Neman: What are the best foods in the world?
It’s official: The best traditional food in the world is the margherita pizza.Actually, as such things go, that’s not a bad choice. Everybody loves pizza, and the margherita — just tomato sauce, cheese and basil — has the additional virtue of being simple and pure. Plus, the red, white and green colors are also, not coincidentally, the colors of the Italian flag.A food-based website called TasteAtlas recently published a list of what it claims are the 100 best traditional foods in the world, as ranked by 63,402 votes.Sixty-three thousand four hundred and two votes is not a bad sample, though t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
At age 75, Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke releases a new album with Phish bassist
MINNEAPOLIS — Numbers don’t mean much to [Leo Kottke](For example, this year would have marked his 40th annual [Thanksgiving\-time Twin Cities concert](“The 40th year? I have no calendar recall,” said Kottke. “It’s what Minneapolis/St. Paul is for me (concert-wise). I hate to think of these dark stages. These stages are irreplaceable.”He threw out another number — 52. Because, before the current pandemic, never in the past 52 years had the road warrior been in one place longer than two months.“I’ve fantasized what it must be like to be in one place again,” said Kottke, who settled in Minnesota...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'You're going to be fixed': Vikings' Cameron Smith recovering after open heart surgery
Cameron Smith can’t explain why he’s so lucky or how his fate turned a global pandemic into a blessing that likely saved his life and certainly changed it forever.“I feel great,” the 23-year-old Vikings linebacker said Wednesday, three months after successful open heart surgery repaired a birth defect that would have gone undetected if not for COVID-19 testing when the Vikings reported for training camp in July.“I haven’t hit a low point. I haven’t struggled. Sometimes I feel that’s not fair of me to say because I know some people struggle with open heart surgery. But for me, I just look at Go...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
OSHA Let Employers Decide Whether to Report Health Care Worker Deaths. Many Didn’t.
As Walter Veal cared for residents at the Ludeman Developmental Center in suburban Chicago, he saw the potential future of his grandson, who has autism.This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free.So he took it on himself not just to bathe and feed the residents, which was part of the job, but also to cut their hair, run to the store to buy their favorite body wash and barbecue for them on holidays.“They were his second family,” said his wife, Carlene Veal.Even after COVID-19 struck in mid-March and cases began spreading through the government-run facility, which serves ...
Kaiser Health News
Where COVID Is on the Menu: Failed Contact Tracing Leaves Diners in the Dark
COVID-19 outbreaks have affected restaurants throughout Los Angeles County, from a Panda Express in Sun Valley to the University of California’s Bruin Cafe. If you live in Los Angeles, you can access health department reports about these outbreaks online.But in most of the country, diners are left in the dark about which restaurants have been linked to outbreaks of the virus.Restaurants appear to be among the most common places to get infected with the COVID-19 virus, but contact tracing in most areas has been so lackluster that few health departments have been able to link disease clusters to...
Hunter Dickinson helps Michigan basketball avoid upset vs. Oakland
Michigan basketball was favored by over 30 points against Oakland.Vegas definitely got that one wrong.The Wolverines and Golden Grizzlies went to overtime at Crisler Center on Sunday after trading leads throughout regulation.Michigan was sloppy and missed open shots. Oakland, meanwhile, made enough plays and stole enough passes to lead for much of the second half.But the Grizzlies did not have freshman center Hunter Dickinson.Dickinson did not check into the second half until the 11:23 mark — and then proceeded to lead Michigan to a tighter-than-expected 81-71 win by scoring 19 points.———Huge ...
Detroit Free Press
49ers 23, Rams 20: Defensive takeaways, Deebo Samuel power Niners to critical road win
If this was the 49ers’ swan song in California for the season, they went out in victorious fashion, rallying for a 23-20 upset Sunday over the host Los Angeles Rams.Robbie Gould’s 42-yard field goal won it as time expired, only after Kyle Juszczyk converted on a fourth-and-1 run and Deebo Samuel capped his 134-yard receiving day with key catches on the winning drive.It was only the 49ers’ fifth win in 11 games. Most pertinent, it was their fourth on the road, which is where they’ll likely remain through December for a daunting playoff chase.A day earlier, Santa Clara County announced a sports ...
The Mercury News
Chiefs 27, Bucs 24: Mahomes-to-Hill Show comes to Tampa
Hopefully this metaphor can stretch because the Chiefs just basically laid down on the doctor’s couch and spilled their soul against the Bucs.The Chiefs put on film all of their invincibilities and also their vulnerabilities in a 27-24 win over the Bucs on Sunday.They can turn an opponent into extras for the highlight, as they did to Tom Brady and the Bucs’ secondary for the first quarter. They can also stall on offense at times, and have 2018 flashbacks on defense.In terms of both personnel and scheme, Steve Spagnuolo’s defense is built entirely on pressuring the quarterback. When they do tha...
The Kansas City Star