Feds to restore millions they took from NY firefighters who became sick after 9/11
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program over the last four years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., late Friday that a number of federal agencies — including the Treasury Department — will return $3.3 million that was docked from the program that cares for firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians sickened by exposure to the toxic rubble of the Twin Towers.“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the Daily News Saturd...
New York Daily News
Jay Ambrose: Some things to scream about
You look at it, a copy of “The Scream,” the famous 1893 expressionist painting by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and you ask yourself whether this is America today, a scene that sizzles with human anxiety. There is a hand on each side of a large, mesmerizing, petrified face, waters for drowning purposes nearby and a sunset of blood above.No, we don’t go around looking like the screamer, but there’s ongoing peril in the pandemic, a distraught economy, widespread disruption in violent riots, high racial tensions, the demolition of the family, the decline of faith, the decay of norms, intelle...
Tribune News Service
Stephen Jones says Mike McCarthy right coach for Dallas Cowboys, will turn it around
FRISCO, Texas — Despite an unconscionable 2-5 start to the season, back-to-back blowout losses and now seemingly a lack of fight from the football team, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy still has the firm backing of the front office.Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones on Monday admitted some frustration on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan but says the team remains committed to the veteran coach in his first year with the team.“I know we’ve got the right head guy for the job, and it’s a work in progress,” Jones said. “These things just take time. You know (owner) Jerry (Jones) and I are big b...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys battered and listless in embarrassing loss to Washington
LANDOVER, Md. — Sigh.There is really nothing else to do or say about the Dallas Cowboys now, aside from sending up a few prayers for quarterback Andy Dalton, who was briefly knocked out cold in the third quarter following a hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.Dalton got up on his own and walked gingerly to the locker room with the help of two Cowboys staffers.Bostic penalized for an illegal hit and ejected from a game that was already essentially over with Washington leading 22-3 en route to the 25-3 victory and the Cowboys looking and unresponsive from the outset.It’s the team’s second ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Haiti president rebuffs elections calls by US. Instead, he announces constitution reform
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who has been under pressure by Washington to hold long-overdue elections in Haiti as soon as “it’s technically feasible,” declared Friday that there will be no elections until a new constitution is adopted.“This constitution is like an act of corruption that was signed with a category of people in this country,” said Moïse, complaining about his weakened presidency and the need for a prime minister to be in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the country.He then said that only after Haitians vote “No” or “Yes” on a new constitution will elections take place.Moï...
Rawlings to buy Easton, create baseball and softball giant
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc. announced on Tuesday it has agreed to buy Easton Diamond Sports, a merger of two of the country’s top softball and baseball sporting goods companies.The companies said the purchase will strengthen both brands, drive product innovation, allow for larger investments, grow talent, and expand customization options for players.“The Easton and Rawlings brands complement each other exceptionally well and will deliver an improved value proposition to all stakeholders, including teams, players, coaches, dealers and associations throughout the industr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nation and world news briefs
LA County district attorney files 6 more sex assault counts against ex-porn star Ron JeremyLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County prosecutors filed additional sexual assault charges Wednesday against disgraced adult film star Ron Jeremy, with some of the new allegations stretching as far back as 1996.Jeremy, who was first arrested in June and charged with assaulting four women on the Sunset Strip, has now been criminally charged with attacking 23 women over a quarter-century and faces 34 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation, authorities said.Jeremy has denied a...
Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service adds new contributor: The Fulcrum
Tribune News Service is pleased to announce it has added The Fulcrum as a contributor.The Fulcrum is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization covering efforts to fix America’s governing systems. The Fulcrum provides opinion pieces and news stories on issues such as voting, ethics and open government, among others.The staff of The Fulcrum includes reporters who worked for years with CQ Roll Call and USA Today, among other notable news outlets. It is a project of, but editorially independent from, Issue One.If you have any questions, please contact us at tcanews@tribpub....
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Review: 'The Residence,' by Andrew Pyper
“The Residence” by Andrew Pyper; Skybound Books (352 pages, $26)———A deep evil lurks in the White House.Politics aside, we’re not referring to present-day Washington, D.C., but the presidency under Franklin Pierce, from 1853 to 1857. This was a period of great sadness in the presidential residence, history tells us. Author Andrew Pyper takes the known facts a step further with this dramatic horror novel based on true events of the time.Pierce and his wife, Jane, are having difficulties because, when nominated, Pierce had promised her there was no chance he would be elected president. Voters di...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Lethal indifference to Florida prisoners dying of COVID-19
Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured one of those firetraps in a remote corner of the Panhandle. Only 13 inmates were saved.No one in authority had wanted that, but indifference can be just as deadly as intent.That long-ago tragedy comes to mind with the recent news that COVID-19 has killed 154 Florida prison inmates. That’s second, but not by much, to the 161 deaths in Texas.Texas, however, has about twice as many prisoners, giv...