Tigers intend to memorialize Al Kaline how 'a man of his stature should be'
DETROIT — There are no current plans for a public ceremony for Al Kaline’s death, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said on Wednesday afternoon.Kaline, who died on Monday at age 85, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with his family, Avila said.The Tigers will hold a public ceremony, Avila said. That ceremony — which likely will be held at Comerica Park — is impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic, with the state of Michigan in a stay-at-home order and the Centers of Disease Control recommending no public gatherings of more than 50 persons.But, Avila said, “We have a team of...
Detroit Free Press
Heidi Stevens: Chicago couple gets married over Zoom webinar
CHICAGO — The bride wore white. The cat wore a bowtie. The guests wore pretty much whatever they wanted to wear.Chicago couple Rachel Jacobs and Aron Croft were scheduled to join in holy matrimony on Saturday in an elegant ceremony at the University Club, followed by a Sunday morning celebration at Revolution Brewing in the Logan Square neighborhood.But the coronavirus put the kibosh on those plans, so they nailed down a new set of dates, reconfigured their various contracts (flowers, music, photographer) and emailed their guests to tell them the wedding was postponed until August. (Surely the...
San Diego Angel Conference is still on amid COVID-19 closures — but it's going digital
One of the biggest San Diego events for startups seeking angel money is still on — and it's writing a massive check to one lucky entrepreneur. But the whole thing has gone digital.As expected during the coronavirus pandemic, the event is following government mandates to shift conferences online. The previously planned six-hour conference has been condensed into a digital event that will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 28.San Diego Angel Conference, which debuted in 2017 at the University of San Diego as a way to connect entrepreneurs with people who could fund their business ide...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
NCAA to allow Trevor Lawrence, other athletes to raise money during COVID-19 outbreak
Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry will be able to raise money for coronavirus victims after all.The NCAA informed the Clemson Athletics department late Tuesday afternoon that it will allow Lawrence and other athletes to raise money for charities during this time of need.The news comes about two hours after The State published a story that said NCAA rules prohibited Lawrence and Mowry from having a GoFundMe page for coronavirus victims because athletes cannot use their name, image and likeness for crowd funding.The NCAA released the following statement to The State Tuesday evenin...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Outdoors world not immune to COVID-19 effects
MINNEAPOLIS — It remains to be seen how fishing and hunting in the outdoors of Minnesota will be affected by the spread of COVID-19, but the outbreak is already disrupting sports shows and spoiling the spring banquet season critical to fundraising by conservation groups.Even before the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday called on event organizers to cancel or postpone gatherings with 250 or more people, the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo canceled its annual three-day show at Hamline University Walker Fieldhouse. Another sports show, the Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic, opened Friday ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Egypt's oldest pyramid has finally reopened to the public
Egypt’s so-called “Step Pyramid” was finally reopened to the public during an official ceremony in Egypt’s Saqqara necropolis on March 5, following 14 years of restoration work at a cost of around $6.7 million in U.S. dollars.It is properly called the Djoser Pyramid and, being approximately 4,700 years old, it’s the world’s oldest pyramid and is also credited with being the first monumental stone building in history. It is 207 feet tall, constructed solely of stone materials and consisting of six stacked outer terraces, situated outside the royal capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Sit...
Trump leaves open the possibility of a March 25 rally in Tampa amid coronavirus
MIAMI — President Donald Trump said in the White House Thursday that he had plans for a rally in Tampa later this month, but he’ll probably cancel the event due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.“We had four or five (political rallies) that we were thinking about. We had a big one in Tampa all sold out. We had over 100,000 requests for tickets, but I think we’ll probably not do it because people will say it’s better to not do,” Trump told reporters during a sit-down with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. “We’ll need a little separation until such time that this goes away.”...
New details of misconduct by former Congressman Duncan Hunter emerge ahead of sentencing
SAN DIEGO — Even as former U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter insisted publicly that he never mishandled campaign donations — allegations he later admitted to in U.S. District Court — the Republican was deliberately hiding his criminal behavior, federal prosecutors said in a filing Tuesday.The disgraced California congressman, who in January resigned the 50th District seat he held for almost six terms, knowingly used political contributions to support a lavish lifestyle, including fancy meals, trips with girlfriends and even paying for his children’s school tuition, the filing states.At the same time Hun...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Weeks before sentencing, Rep. Duncan Hunter asks court to throw out indictment
SAN DIEGO — Former Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., filed court papers this week asking a second time for a judge to throw out the indictment against him — or recuse prosecutors from the case in light of new evidence that Hunter says indicates a conflict of interest.Defense attorney Paul Pfingst argued that two prosecutors who attended a campaign fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in 2015 — less than a year before they began investigating Hunter—created “the appearance of a loss of impartiality” because Hunter was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Hunter pleaded guilty in Dec...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Celia Rivenbark: There is no purity in politics
“Purity” is a word you don’t hear that much, unless it’s used to describe a ring some high school couples wear so their parents won’t think they’re doing it. (Too cynical? I’m sorry. I wasn’t talking about your kid; he or she is admirably chaste, I’m sure.)So, imagine my surprise when possibly the two most disparate words imaginable formed an illicit relationship of their own. I’m talking about “purity politics,” of course.We heard the phrase back in the December debate when Elizabeth Warren took Pete Buttigieg to the woodshed-shed for attending a fundraiser hosted by millionaires in a crystal...
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