Herschel Walker responds to Atlanta mayor's call for help
ATHENS, Ga. — Herschel Walker’s primary residence remains in Texas, but he is a Georgian through and through. That, he said Tuesday, is why he felt compelled to tweet at Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday.The former University of Georgia and NFL star said he has watched with keen interest the situation that unfolded in southwest Atlanta after resident Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police in the drive-through line of a Wendy’s on June 12. Since then, the restaurant was destroyed by fire and the area has been occupied by protesters, some of them armed.On Saturday night, 8-year-old Sec...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'A perfect place for me.' Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City have always been ideal marriage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The richest contract in sports now resides in one of its smallest markets. Patrick Mahomes will be paid half a billion dollars to play quarterback for the Chiefs over the next dozen years, his decision to sign a contract extension representing one of the biggest days in Kansas City history.The Chiefs are locked in to a 24-year-old Super Bowl and regular-season MVP at a position that only nine seasons ago included Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko throwing footballs.How did we get here?It traces to a decision Mahomes made years earlier. One that had less to do with m...
The Kansas City Star
The thin blue line: The history behind the controversial police emblem
SAN DIEGO — It’s a symbol that has existed for years: a black and white U.S. flag with a single blue stripe. The thin blue line.Law enforcement officers and supporters who display the thin blue line flag — on patrol vehicles, uniforms and, in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks — view it as a show of pride and respect for a dangerous profession that puts officers’ lives on the line.The idea is that police are the force that stands between law and order and chaos, the force that safeguards society against disorder.Critics, however, believe the symbol creates a sense of division betwee...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Masks are putting people at each other's throats, especially in Palm Beach County
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In the increasingly nasty debate about coronavirus masks, Palm Beach County became the nation’s focus for the all the wrong reasons.A woman stood before county commissioners a couple weeks back and demanded that they vote against requiring people to wear face coverings in public to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. She was one of about 45 angry people making the plea that day.Then she spoke the words that would catch social media by storm: “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear … things gotta breathe.”The woman’s frank admission made headl...
American Airlines flights are about to get busier, but will they be safe?
Boarding a flight at Miami International Airport was a breeze March through June, with waiting times at security checkpoints as low as two minutes, mostly empty hallways and half a dozen rows of free seating at many terminals.But that’s about to change, as American Airlines — the airport’s largest carrier — pushes to satisfy flight demand and fill up the airport.American Airlines is set to increase its flight schedule by 10% in July by reversing its previous policy of keeping half of all economy middle seats empty for social distancing purposes.Juan Carlos Liscano, the vice president of Americ...
With more than 400 new patients since Sunday, Texas reports record coronavirus hospitalizations
AUSTIN, Texas — State health officials reported 5,913 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals Monday, a record for the state and a 416-person increase from the day before.Hospitalizations have climbed over the last month, with Sunday marking the end of a 16-day streak for record numbers of patients in Texas hospitals. Texas surpassed 5,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time Friday.The Texas Department of State Health Services also reported 4,288 new cases of the coronavirus, down from 5,357 on Sunday.The last time the health agency reported fewer than 5,000 new cases in a single...
John Oliver can't believe Trump missed a MAGA mask-branding opportunity
Comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver can’t believe the branding opportunity President Trump missed out on by dismissing face masks.The funnyman opened his Sunday night HBO show “Last Week Tonight” this week by mocking Vice President Pence for a recent press briefing where he spoke about measures being taken to limit the spread of coronavirus. Pence reportedly failed to mention during his speech that the medical community has concluded that wearing masks limits transmission.“Honestly, this was a missed opportunity for them,” Oliver said. “You could have printed ‘Make America Great...
New York Daily News
Omar Kelly: These players will be the foundational pieces for the 2020 Miami Dolphins
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins are poised to enter the second phase of the franchise’s full-scale renovation a month from now when training camp is scheduled to open. Of course, every successful rebuild requires a solid foundation.Here is a look at 10 of the relatively young and mostly proven talents that South Florida’s NFL franchise should view as integral pieces in the coming seasons, because their impact will determine how successful coach Brian Flores and General Manager Chris Grier’s rebuild will be.Injuries, competition and player development can alter this list of foundatio...
As states expand mail-in voting amid COVID, Texas leaders continue their fight against it
FORT WORTH, Texas — The local election news of the last few weeks reminds Lisa Morris of her mom.Gloria Meeks, who lived in the Rolling Hills neighborhood of south Fort Worth, was an entrepreneur with a seemingly endless supply of energy. She operated her own catering company yet found time to cook fiesta dip and Texas King Ranch casserole for her kids and grandkids. She regularly joined a pilot friend on leisurely plane rides in the skies of North Texas and took two cruises almost every year.On top of all that, she was devoted to ensuring the Black community exercised its right to vote. Meeks...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
More than half of June COVID-19 cases in Dallas County have involved persons under 40
DALLAS — In what was a daily record-high number of novel coronavirus cases in Dallas County, authorities on Saturday reported 561 new patients.The Dallas County Health and Human Services department also reported seven COVID-19 deaths.The total coronavirus case count in Dallas County on Saturday was 19,595 and includes 351 deaths.An increasing proportion of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County are being diagnosed in people between 18 to 39 years old, DCHHS said. Of cases reported after June 1, more than half have involved persons in that age group.“Increasing outbreaks of cases are continuing to be ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram