John Niyo: Beefed-up Bryson DeChambeau proving his crazy methods aren't all madness
DETROIT — Bryson DeChambeau hadn’t even played a full 18 holes yet at the venerable Detroit Golf Club this week, but already he felt like he owed an apology to Donald Ross, the famed architect who designed the course more than a century ago.“I think there’s a lot of bunkers that are around like 290 (yards from the tee), so hopefully I’ll be able to clear those and take those out of play,” said DeChambeau, one of the top players entered in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. “So, sorry, Mr. Ross, but, you know, it is what it is.”And what DeChambeau has become in relatively short ord...
The Detroit News
Editorial: Contact tracing's slow start gives coronavirus time to get ahead
The surge in new COVID-19 case numbers in the Sunbelt and the West is so alarming that New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut now require visitors from “hot spot” states to self-quarantine. As the Philadelphia region reopens, the long-promised expansion of contact tracing — an essential tool to control person-to-person transmission — is just getting started. And as is true with testing, the amount of contact tracing underway is nowhere near what’s necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus.Contact tracing is labor-intensive, especially if it is to be culturally sensitive. Workers reach ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Virus cases spike while local and state officials bicker over face mask mandates
DALLAS — Every day, Texas continues to break records in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, rivaling hot spots such as Florida and Arizona as the new center of the U.S. pandemic.As the situation escalates — spiking to a record 6,584 new cases Wednesday and adding more than 5,000 new infections almost every day last week — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has consistently touted the ways in which Texans can stay safe: Wear a mask, sanitize often, social distance. Last week, he encouraged Texans to just stay indoors, then said he’d put a pause on reopening businesses. By the end of the week, he orde...
'Sin taxes' could help states in pandemic budget slump — at least a little bit
WASHINGTON — Gas tax revenue plummeted this spring, income taxes won’t rebound anytime soon and some states are offering a property tax holiday because people can’t pay during the pandemic. But so-called sin taxes are rolling in as liquor stores boom, marijuana sales continue, vapers vape and smokers smoke.While not a huge portion of state tax revenue, sin taxes are a relative bright spot in a dark revenue picture. And some states are considering increasing those levies to make up some of the lost pandemic revenue.Taxes on those items often are more politically palatable because they generally...
Trump says he scrapped weekend trip to NJ club 'to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced'
The links will have to wait.President Donald Trump said Friday he canceled a weekend trip to his private New Jersey golf club because he wants to stick around the capital and observe planned protests against police brutality.“I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced,” Trump tweeted. “The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped. I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!”It’s unclear exactly what Trump envisio...
New York Daily News
California slow to adopt gun violence measure intended to prevent mass shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California passed a law in the aftermath of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that allow judges to remove guns from the possession of people deemed at extreme risk of using them to harm themselves or others.Now, after examining the initial four years of state data on these extreme risk protection orders, researchers at the University of California, Davis Health reported that California has been slower to utilize the measures compared with other states that have similar laws.The UC Davis analysis offers a look at who’s using these violence prevention tools, who’s being ask...
The Sacramento Bee
'There will be random checks': Cuomo says NY will ensure out-of-state visitors quarantine
NEW YORK — Beware, out-of-towners, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a list and checking it twice.Anyone visiting New York from coronavirus hot spots such as Florida and Texas will be subject to “random checks” to make sure they’re self-quarantining for at least two weeks after arrival, Cuomo said Thursday.“If you fly into New York, we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying — there will be random checks,” the governor said during a morning appearance on CNN.The checks will be conducted by “inspectors” who may call or show up at the place an out-of-town traveler is staying,...
New York Daily News
Florida reports 5,004 new coronavirus cases
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 5,004 additional cases of COVID-19, the state’s second-highest single day total since the pandemic began. The state now has 114,018 confirmed cases.Thursday’s total of newly confirmed cases is 504 fewer than Wednesday’s record total of 5,508, the highest number of newly confirmed cases announced in a single day. There were also 46 new deaths announced Thursday, raising the statewide death toll to 3,327.Public health experts told the Miami Herald Wednesday that the state appears to be experiencing exponential growth of the virus sprea...
High school students get COVID-19 infections in group beach trips
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group of students from a Columbia high school who clustered together, often without masks, during a week-long Grand Strand beach trip in early June returned to the capital city with COVID-19 infections, multiple sources told The State newspaper.“The only way you should be going to the beach is with your family, and if you go out, you should social distance and wear a mask,” said a Columbia-area health care professional with first-hand knowledge of the high school coronavirus cases. This worker did not want to be identified because of privacy concerns within their health comm...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
LeBron James' Decision a decade later: Stern's ire, awkward TV, lessons learned
It has been nearly a decade since a moment in sports like no other, on July 8, 2010, when LeBron James, on the ESPN television special titled The Decision, announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA free agency to sign with the Miami Heat.Now, as part of an ESPN series, “Backstory: The Decision,” which features the investigative reporting of three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Van Natta Jr., offers a behind-the-scenes examination of a night that in many ways changed athlete empowerment.In advance of Sunday’s 9 p.m. ESPN broadcast, the Sun Sentinel was provided an advance screenin...