Will Bunch: Trump's utter lack of grief, empathy is the coronavirus dog that didn't bark
If you’d spent the last five years trapped in a cave somewhere, you’d probably bet that Queens-accented kid from a place called Jamaica Estates would be better at relating to the sorrows and stresses of the everyday citizen than a real-life queen who grew up on actual country estates or in Buckingham Palace, always at a remove from the commoners.But if you’re like most people and you’ve seen both Donald John Trump, 45th president of the United States, and Queen Elizabeth II in action, it came as absolutely no surprise that the United Kingdom’s soon-to-be-94-year-old monarch responded to the de...
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NBA players to receive full April 15 paychecks, but return still uncertain because of coronavirus
NBA players will receive their full paychecks on April 15, a league source confirmed.There had been some uncertainty about whether players would get their full amount during this pay period since they are not playing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Owners are not obligated to pay the full amount because of an emergency clause in the players’ contracts.The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been negotiating a salary-reduction percentage for upcoming paychecks.On Tuesday, the players association reiterated to agents that owners could withhold 25% of players’ remaining salary...
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This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly
Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, April 4, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group.(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.)HARDCOVER FICTION1. Texas Outlaw. Patterson/Bourelle. Little, Brown2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. Charlie Mackesy. HarperOne3. The Boy from the Woods. Harlan Coben. Grand Central4. Valentine. Elizabeth Wetmore. Harper5. American Dirt. Jeanine Cummins. Flatiron6. Devoted. Dean Koontz...
Tribune News Service
Burning bodies? Mass graves? Ecuador battles fake news amid the coronavirus pandemic
Last week, jarring images raced around the globe that seemed to show desperate people in Ecuador burning bodies on the street. According to the social media posts, the coronavirus had overwhelmed the Lenín Moreno administration and pushed the country — long known for political instability — to the brink.But when police went to the sites where the videos were filmed, the truth was a bit more nuanced. In one case, a family was burning tires to protest the government’s delay in recovering the body of a relative. In another case, people were burning a couch on which someone with the contagious vir...
Luis Rojas is working out in his garage, homeschooling his kid, and managing the Mets over Zoom
It’s entirely possible Luis Rojas could manage his first big-league game in an empty ballpark, as Major League Baseball contemplates a path forward for the sport that could have all 30 teams playing at a neutral site without fans. For the Mets’ rookie manager, the proposal could mean taking a significant step in his baseball career without family or friends in the stands watching as he delivers the lineup card to the crew chief and knocks another ‘first’ off his bucket list.Rojas doesn’t want to speculate on the implications of that budding scenario. For now, he’s staying indoors with his wife...
New York Daily News
Chris McCosky: MLB season in the desert? What could go wrong, other than everything?
DETROIT — So, the plan would be to essentially create a virus-proof biodome in the desert that would quarantine all 30 Major League Baseball teams, each with 50-man rosters (as has been discussed to counter the grueling schedule), front-office personnel, training and medical staffs, chefs and others essential to the operation – like umpires, clubhouse attendants, television crews and media – in the Phoenix area.And that’s on top of everything else that’s already in place there to facilitate daily life – hotel and restaurant workers, food suppliers and distributors, grocers, on and on.Would the...
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Will the rejection of this Jamaican dancehall star's murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr'?
Screenshot of Vybz Kartel taken from the official YouTube videoof his song “World Government”.On the morning of April 3, 2020, the constant flow of news about COVID-19 took a slight pause — at least in Jamaica — as the local appeal court handed down judgment on the murdercharges against dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel(Adidja Palmer).Also known by the moniker “World Boss”, Palmer and his three co-accused (Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John), were convictedof the murderof Clive “Lizard” Williams in 2014. They appealedtheir sentences in July 2018.Exactly six years to the day after Karte...
They were stranded at sea. Now they're on a docked cruise ship … waiting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise ship passengers still are dealing with fevers, arranging travel to their home countries or waiting for their loved ones who are ill at South Florida hospitals.They’re the final passengers of a cruise ship docked at Port Everglades, and it’s taking longer than anyone expected to get them home amid the coronavirus crisis.Meanwhile, at PortMiami, another cruise ship with sick passengers and two deaths was having its own evacuation issues Tuesday.At Port Everglades, the plan was to get everyone off two Holland America ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, in a matter of ...
Kofi Cockburn declares for the NBA draft after his freshman season at Illinois
Illinois center Kofi Cockburn plans to forgo his remaining three years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft, he announced Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account.The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds with several dominating performances. He figured to be a key piece of coach Brad Underwood’s 2020-21 team.It has been a rough offseason for the Illini, who were poised to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 before postseason play was canceled because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus...
Delta cuts flying at hubs, including big reductions in New York
Delta Air Lines is making large cuts in flying at its hubs, including a 60% reduction in flights at its largest hub in Atlanta.Atlanta-based Delta, like other airlines, has cut the vast majority of its flights in New York, a hot spot for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and a city where Delta has a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport and an international hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport.Delta has cut service at LaGuardia by more than 90% in April and at JFK by more than 80%.Some states have imposed restrictions on travelers from New York.And amid international “do not tr...
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