Florida hits more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases for 2nd straight day and records 120 deaths
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Friday confirmed 10,177 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 1,039,207. This is the second consecutive day that that state has added more than 10,000 cases. Also, 120 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 18,994. That figure represents the most deaths announced in a single day in Florida since Oct. 15 when 141 resident deaths were reported. The cumulative nonresident death toll increased by four to 242 deaths. Florida has the third-highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texa...
Rex Huppke: Warner Bros. will stream 2021 films on HBO Max, so time to make our homes more like movie theaters
With the coronavirus likely to keep people away from movie theaters well into the new year, Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to stream all its 2021 movies on HBO Max. That means one thing: I finally have an excuse to buy a 3-quart, theater-quality fake-butter dispenser. It stands to reason that if Warner Bros. is bringing the movies home for us, we need to do more than just sit on our sofas and watch. We owe it to Hollywood studios to find ways to replicate the entire moviegoing experience, at least until it’s safe to return to theaters. Calling it a “unique one-year plan,” Warner Bros. offic...
Nielsen: Diversity still lacking on TV, even as shows multiply
Despite Hollywood’s promises of more diversity in front of and behind the camera, TV still lags behind, according to a new Nielsen study released Thursday. Of the 300 most-watched scripted, reality, variety and news shows in 2019, 92% had some level of diversity in the cast (women, people of color or LGBTQ+) but, the study warned, “presence is not the same as representation.” Women took up about 38% of screen time, compared to 52% of the population, while people of color represent about 27% of screen time and about 40% of the population. LGBTQ representation on screen actually outpaced reality...
New York Daily News
Bryce Miller: Padres must chase down pitching, again
SAN DIEGO — The all-in Padres, despite bold strokes in the international market, record contracts piled three deep, an unprecedented dive into the trade deadline and more, will not be all-in-all-in unless they find a way to navigate choppy financial waters to land starting pitching. The timing, for a club facing pandemic-fueled money losses in 2020, stinks like month-old milk. Missing a rare franchise window to cash in competitively would linger in the nostrils longer, though. Pitching, we’re reminded season after season, is the gold Krugerrand of the playoffs. They need a top-of-the-rotation ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fear and Loathing as Colleges Face Another Season of Red Ink
When the University of California’s Board of Regents got a close look at the numbers in September, it was the visual equivalent of a thunderclap. The massive university system, with 10 campuses and more than 285,000 students, was hemorrhaging money — $2.2 billion in lost revenue and additional costs, mostly due to the pandemic. While some of those losses came from medical centers that temporarily gave up high-paying elective procedures in order to treat COVID patients, the bigger picture was as vexing as it was simple: In the age of pandemic-induced remote learning, the campuses were largely d...
House passes 'Tiger King' bill that bans private ownership of big cats
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to end the trade and ownership of big cats. The highly anticipated measure was highlighted in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.” The Big Cat Public Safety Act bans the private ownership of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats and limits public contact with those animals. The bill was long championed by animal rights activist Carole Baskin, whose nonprofit organization Big Cat Rescue was featured in the popular show. The final vote was 272-114 in favor of the bill, with 45 representatives not voting. “Remember #TigerKing?” U.S. Re...
New York Daily News
San Diego ship captain orders crew sequestered over holidays; Navy reverses decision
SAN DIEGO — Crew members aboard the San Diego-based USS Rushmore say a quarantine to halt the spread of coronavirus while getting the ship ready for sea has led to a crisis in morale. Last Saturday, the crew of about 400 was ordered to return to the ship, despite being told they had the Thanksgiving weekend off, several sailors said. That night they were told they also were going to be sequestered on board the ship — while in port — for 28 days beginning last Monday, to prepare for a 7-day period at sea beginning at the end of December. The 28 days of isolation meant they would miss spending h...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
John Niyo: Darrell Bevell quarterbacked Wisconsin's turnaround. Can he do it for the Lions?
Maybe it’s not the way he would’ve drawn it up, but for Darrell Bevell, the Lions’ interim head coach, that’s nothing new. Not for a man whose football career took a detour designed by his faith 30 years ago, one that ultimately led him to a starring role in Wisconsin’s first- Rose Bowl triumph. And not for a coach whose two decades in the NFL have run the gamut of emotions, from Super Bowl glory and grief to a year of unemployment and now this latest awkward twist of fate, after a post-Thanksgiving purge in Detroit gave him a fourth-quarter shot at the job of a lifetime. One that had him on t...
The Detroit News
Warriors need Andrew Wiggins' best after Klay Thompson's injury
Near the end of Andrew Wiggins’ 12-game trial run last season, head coach Steve Kerr asked the 6-foot-7 wing to defend opposing point guards. It was a hedge in case Klay Thompson, coming off a torn ACL, could not pick up those assignments as he once did during the Warriors’ championship runs. But with Thompson suffering yet another season-ending injury — this time a torn Achilles — Wiggins’ trial run becomes more prescient. The former No. 1 pick may have left high expectations behind in Minnesota, but now he’ll be asked to fill a Thompson-sized void in Golden State. “Just gotta do more,” Wiggi...
The Mercury News
7 legendary Orson Welles movies to pair with Netflix's new 'Mank'
OK, so Orson Welles peaked at 26, but nobody has ever had a better cinematic peak. Welles would be considered a genius if his movie career were judged on how it began, with “Citizen Kane” widely considered the best movie ever made and the one that established American movies as art. Instead, he’s remembered for the end of his career. Having endured a decadeslong fall from that height, he had become a big fat loser who shilled, while drunk, for a crummy vineyard that, in its much-lampooned catchphrase, pledged to “sell no wine before its time.” Either way of looking at Welles shortchanges the f...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)