Dave Hyde: It's Belichick vs. Brady for master of the universe
I was planning to write how the Miami Dolphins are the big winner of free agency, not simply because of their smart player signings and the AFC East suddenly having a vacancy at the top. But also because their upside-down world of the last year is gone.A win is a win again. A loss is a loss. Ding-dong, the surreal world of tanking — or not tanking — is dead, never to haunt the Dolphins’ doorstep again after the past few days of good roster building.But I can’t write that. There’s a bigger winner in NFL free agency than even the Dolphins. The only question is who that winner is:Bill Belichick o...
Vahe Gregorian: Amid pandemic pandemonium, sports show way forward through actions and perspectives
In the once-sacrosanct biosphere of American sports, hope seldom springs more eternal and universal than in these few days on the annual calendar. That’s particularly so in an Olympic year, with the dreams attached to so many U.S. trials typically scheduled in the next few months.Front and center, on this Sunday in the world we had taken for granted, the NCAA Tournament compels us with the bracket reveals that we instantly process for the inevitable captivating upsets.Negated, now, by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.Beware the ides of March, Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar.But what about th...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: The barnstorming coronavirus humbles humans: We only think we're in charge
We walk the Earth’s crust, we erect vast cities, we boast of our achievements. We see ourselves as the mistresses and masters of our fate. Yet as John Lennon and other writers before him bluntly warned, life is what happens while we’re busy making plans.The little living form that now roils humanity is a virus, one among millions of infectious agents that roam this planet. As the coronavirus claims rising numbers of lives, we humans see ourselves as under siege: Like its kin, this virus is without discrimination in selecting its victims; great wealth has its privileges, but immunity from epide...
Arkansas' Hot Springs is perfect place to do a little exploring
That Hernando de Soto. He sure got around. The intrepid Spaniard commenced to explore and trade in the West Indies and Central America before trundling down to Peru to conquer it over the Incans. After a quick return to Spain, he set out for North America, stopping first in Cuba before landing at Tampa Bay, where he and his band of soldiers then marched through the South hunting for gold before zigzagging across Arkansas and stopping in what is now Hot Springs long about 1541.Hot Springs honored the well-traveled explorer with a life-size statue at the Fordyce Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row in Hot...
Tribune News Service
Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast
SAN DIEGO — A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California’s coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.The Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday approved the Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Oceans, a five-year roadmap for navigating threats including climate change, pollution and loss of biodiversity. The council, a policy body within the California Natural Resources Agency, wanted to distinguish the new plan from previous editions, by focusing on specific timelines and funding sources.“They wanted to make sure that the ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bridge-playing honors students find fun is in the cards
MINNEAPOLIS — On a recent Monday night in a common room of Middlebrook Hall on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank, about a dozen honors students sat at tables, most with their heads down, intensely focused on deciphering what they held in their hands.Yet, there wasn’t a single phone to be seen. The students pored over playing cards — 13 each — as they tried their hands at what for many has been their grandparents’ game: contract bridge.Offered every spring since 2017 as a way to gather away from the pressure of grade-point averages and 4000-level term papers, the weekly class not only is ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Climate study shows methane 'burp' from melting Arctic tundra is unlikely
New research by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Rochester eases long-standing fears that thawing Arctic permafrost could belch out mass amounts of climate-warming methane gas.Scientists had warned of a scenario in which the thawing tundra could release enough methane to sharply accelerate global warming. However, the study published Friday in the journal Science found that permafrost that melted during a previous warm period between 18,000 and 8,000 years ago released little of the greenhouse gas. So it’s likely that the permafrost won’t contribute much methane du...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Some flyers buy 'carbon offsets' to atone for airline climate sins. But does that do any good?
Having grown up with parents who encouraged recycling, Jenny Beightol has always been aware of her environmental impact. She doesn’t own a car, and bikes or takes public transportation to get around town.But the 32-year-old Chicagoan sometimes likes to travel to places like Mexico. This has led to soul searching, because scientists say that planes account for about 2.5% of global carbon dioxide production, which contributes to climate change.To ease her guilt, Beightol buys “carbon offsets,” which allow her to invest in environmental projects as a way of compensating for the greenhouse gas emi...
'Invisible oil' from Deepwater Horizon spill may have reached the Florida Keys
MIAMI — Florida Keys residents may not have seen massive tar balls and fish kills after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but small concentrations of toxic crude were still reaching the islands and potentially harming marine life, as the extent of the deadly disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than originally thought, according to a University of Miami study.Nearly a decade after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history killed 11 people and dumped 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, researchers found discrepancies in the satellite footprint that was used to establish fish...
Trump's NASA budget calls for 12% increase in funds to achieve a 2024 moon landing
President Donald Trump is calling for a 12% increase in NASA’s budget for 2021, a bump largely targeted at transforming the administration’s goal of landing people on the lunar surface by 2024 from ambitious dream to tangible reality.The proposal requests $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021 — the agency got $22.6 billion in 2020 — with a dedicated $3.4 billion in funding for a human-rated moon lander system, the first time since the Apollo program in the 1960s that NASA could get dedicated funding for that kind of hardware. The space agency plans to return to the moon under a new program called Art...