Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end
For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it’s sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump’s White House are playing out like a closing montage from one of “The Godfather” movies.Cue the operatic aria, or maybe the piano riff from “Layla,” as the camera pans over the bloody pavement in a faraway village in Iran and the windshield of a sedan riddled with bullet holes, as a top nuclear scientist is brutally whacked just days after a not-so-secret sit-down between the crime bosses of Saudi Arabia and ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Yankees face little risk in giving Gary Sanchez another shot to prove he can live up to the hype
Gary Sanchez will turn 28 years old on Wednesday. Coincidentally, that is also the day the Yankees have to decide if he is in their future plans. The catcher, coming off a horrific coronavirus pandemic-shortened season, has made it a tougher call whether the Bombers will tender him a contract by Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline.Even as they have made it clear that they lost the most money in baseball during the fanless, 60-game 2020 baseball season, and managing partner Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear for over a year now he would like to get under the $209 luxury tax threshold, it is unlikely...
New York Daily News
Jed Hoyer puts his stamp on his Chicago Cubs front office with 15 promotions, led by new assistant GMs Jeff Greenberg and Craig Breslow
Jed Hoyer, in one of his first duties as Chicago Cubs president, promoted 15 members of his baseball operations department — but he still is looking for a general manager.Jeff Greenberg and Craig Breslow were named assistant GMs, joining Randy Bush.Greenberg, who joined the organization in 2012, recently served as director of pro scouting and baseball operations. The graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School interned in Major League Baseball’s labor relations department and with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.Breslow, who pitched in the majors for 12 s...
2020's 'insane' hurricane season is officially over. Is it a sign of things to come?
MIAMI — It was clear way back in mid-September, when the National Hurricane Center had already exhausted its regular list of names and turned to the Greek alphabet, that 2020 would be a hurricane season for the record books.It definitely was that. The season, which formally ends every Nov. 30, produced a stunning 30 named storms — breaking the 2005 record of 28. It was only the second time forecasters resorted to the backup list of names and, as if to punctuate how wild a season it was, that first Greek-letter system, Tropical Storm Alpha, wound up hitting Portugal — the first recorded strike ...
2020: Strangest year of Atlantic hurricane seasons comes to an end
Like pretty much everything this year, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was an abnormality not ever seen before by meteorologists and hurricane specialists.As the official final day of hurricane season — Nov. 30 — arrives, forecasters have tallied 30 named storms, the most ever recorded; the next closest with 28 systems of tropical storm strength or greater was 2005.Both 2005 and 2020 have seen the same number of systems form into a tropical depression or greater — 31 — but systems could still form past Nov. 30, like 2005’s Tropical Storm Zeta that formed on Dec. 30. The NHC continues to mon...
CARIBBEAN-HEALTH-Caribbean records youngest ever COVID-19 death
The Caribbean recorded its youngest ever death from the coronavirus (COVID-19) after a six-day old baby died of the virus here and several other Caribbean countries reported deaths and increased cases of the virus that has killed and infected millions worldwide.The Ministry of Health said that of the two deaths recorded here over the past 24 hours, included a six-day-old baby, but gave no other details. The other fatality is a 31-year-old woman from Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) who died while receiving care at a medical facility. The death toll here now stands at 151.A statement from th...
After a Castro supporter showed up, chaos erupted at an anti-communism rally in Miami
MIAMI — During an anti-communism rally Saturday afternoon in Little Havana, Miami police took five people into custody — including Cuban influencer and event organizer Alex Otaola — after chaos erupted when a known defender of the Castro regime showed up. Police released them a few hours later.About 300 people gathered at about 2 p.m. in front of the popular restaurant Versailles to support the recent demonstrations on the island.During the week, members of the San Isidro Movement, a collective of young artists and activists who oppose Miguel Diaz-Canel’s regime in Cuba, had participated in a ...
Cuban police quell protest and detain young artists and academics on hunger strike
MIAMI — While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday night, in Havana Cuban police forcefully ended a hunger strike by young artists, academics, journalists and activists protesting government repression.The protesters are members of the Movimiento San Isidro, a loose collective advocating for freedom of expression on the communist island. Several of them, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, started a hunger strike last week to protest the imprisonment of rapper Daniel Solis, who was accused of contempt and sentenced to eight months.On Thursday night, police and what app...
Garth Brooks offers 'Fun' to cap tough year, after Detroit became unplanned last tour stop
DETROIT — Garth Brooks couldn’t have known it at the time. Back in late February, none of us did.But when the country star stepped onstage for more than 70,000 concertgoers at Ford Field on Feb. 22, he and those Detroit fans became part of an unlikely and unfortunate milestone.Brooks’ high-energy, hits-laden affair inside the Detroit Lions’ house that night wasn’t just the last big live-music event in Detroit. It turned out to be the final stadium concert in the United States — and one of the last major concerts anywhere in the world — before the pandemic brought regula life screeching to a ha...
Detroit Free Press
US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date
Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti’s leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize the elections as soon as possible. Haiti also needs to put together a reliable electoral list, publish an electoral law and a party law that guarantee the transparency of the elections, and ensure that there are sufficient security conditions to allow elec...