In Florida Keys, $5.5 billion hurricane protection plan would buy 300 homes, raise thousands
Protecting the Florida Keys from the future’s stronger storms and rising seas involves retreating from the most dangerous spots. That process will be by choice, for now.Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a $5.5 billion plan to keep the island chain functioning after a devastating storm. It involves strengthening U.S. 1 in six places, elevating 7,300 houses, floodproofing 3,800 buildings and buying and demolishing about 300 homes.Buyouts aren’t new for the Keys, which has more willing sellers for a state-run buyout plan than anywhere else in Florida. But if the Army Corps is p...
Trump is heading to the coronavirus capital of Florida. Will he have to wear a mask?
MIAMI — With his polling numbers slipping to new depths and South Florida COVID-19 cases spiking to record heights, President Donald Trump plans to return to Miami-Dade County this week on a visit that will mix Latin America policy and campaign politics in the coronavirus epicenter of the nation’s biggest swing state.Trump is headed to the U.S. Southern Command in Doral Friday for an advance look at a planned counternarcotics operation in the Caribbean, according to the White House. The visit — scheduled shortly before the president is expected to attend a top-dollar fundraiser in a tony islan...
Upstart Matthew Wolff rings up 3-shot lead heading into Rocket Mortgage Classic final round
DETROIT — The last most of us saw Matthew Wolff, he was playing with some of the biggest names in golf, giving sports fans starved for something to watch a bone to chew in the midst of a global pandemic.It was in mid-May when Wolff teamed with Rickie Fowler in a match against Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson in a made-for-TV event that raised millions for charity. Wolff’s partners were the draw — McIlroy is the top-ranked player in the world while Johnson is No. 3 and Fowler checks in at 31 and is one of the game’s more popular players — but his inclusion was a nod to the potential Wolff has al...
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Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus
One of President Donald Trump’s top campaign fundraisers — and the girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr. — tested positive for coronavirus Friday in South Dakota hours before Trump gave a speech at Mount Rushmore.“After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump Victory Finance Committee, which Guilfoyle chairs.“She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events,” Gor said in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr was tested ...
New York Daily News
'A no-brainer:' Robert Lee IV says take down the statues of Robert E. Lee
Another Robert Lee says it’s time for Confederates to surrender to the Union again.The Rev. Robert E. Lee IV, the great-great-great grand-nephew of Civil War general Robert E. Lee, told ABC News that statues of rebel leader like his late uncle are worshiped like “idols of white supremacy and racism” and they need to go.“This is a no-brainer,” Lee said.The Methodist reverend admits that he grew up with a Confederate flag on his bedroom wall and celebrated his namesake’s place in history. Now, Lee says, the stars and bars that represent the Confederacy — which Mississippi’s governor committed to...
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Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on them
MINNEAPOLIS — Contrary to the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota’s wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.The National Wild Turkey Federation laid off 51 employees recently as a consequence of COVID-19. Staff cuts have hit other groups to a lesser degree, and they’re all scrambling to replace revenue lost in the mass cancellations of spring membership banquets. For charities devoted to outdoor causes, those gatherings provide a mother lode of revenue.“We’re talking millions of dollars that are not being raised,” said ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Family of late Dolphins great Jim Kiick donates his brain; starts fundraiser for CTE research
Allie Kiick, daughter of late Miami Dolphins great Jim Kiick, said she never had any discussions with her father about donating his brain to science.It was a tough conversation for their family to have, she said, before Kiick — a charismatic and instrumental member of the Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles under Don Shula in 1972 and 1973 — died on June 20 at the age of 73.But she knew her dad would want to help others dealing with the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive and degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.Along with ...
Here are the top 25 Pride anthems of all time
SAN JOSE, Calif. — DJ Rotten Robbie is one of my go-to sources for all things music related. The guy just knows so much, whether we’re talking about a classic pop act from the ’80s or the latest buzz band from the U.K.Combining that factor with this Napa resident’s long-standing involvement with Pride events, DJ Rotten Robbie seemed like the ideal candidate to help us celebrate Pride 50 in a tuneful fashion.Thus, I asked him if he’d be willing to come up with a list of the top 25 Pride anthems of all time.And he enthusiastically agreed, delivering a great list (with comments).“As a DJ at many ...
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The selling of an American rebel: Owosso barber markets his renegade story
OWOSSO, Mich. — The crowds are gone from Karl Manke’s barbershop. Their money is not.Manke, who is also a novelist, is selling books by the case, he said. T-shirts with his likeness are fetching $42.Five GoFundMe fundraisers have received more than $88,000. A coffee mug proclaiming him “America’s Barber” may join the growing inventory.When Manke reopened his shop in defiance of a state quarantine order in May, he traded one title for another. A mainstay of small-town America became the face of a revolution.As the main foil to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, their fight could be billed That Woman From M...
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Washington's concert event of the summer unites Seattle music royalty for coronavirus relief
SEATTLE — All the footage had been shot. Filmmaking superduo Jason and Jenny Koenig were deep into production on what looks to be Washington’s (virtual) concert event of the summer. The local husband-and-wife team, best known for making music videos for Ed Sheeran and their hometown rap-star bud Macklemore, are the creative leads behind All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief.The telethon megaconcert — stacked with a who’s who of home-state talent including Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile and Macklemore — was supposed to be equal parts fundraiser and Washington love fest to help cure the quarantine...
The Seattle Times