GM reveals all-electric Lyriq SUV critical to Cadillac's future
Meet the vehicle expected to help revive Cadillac and position the General Motors’ brand to compete with rival luxury electric vehicle makers — most notably Tesla.The Lyriq is an all-electric two-row SUV that Cadillac first mentioned in January 2019 at the Detroit auto show, flashing an artist rendering of a vague futuristic car on the screen.On Thursday, GM revealed what the actual vehicle will look like when it goes on sale in the United States in late 2022. It will launch first in China.Cadillac is not announcing yet which U.S. factory will assemble the Lyriq, but a source familiar with pro...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: The two bombs that ended World War II: A haunting anniversary
Early August 1945 was a confusing time for many Americans, who were experiencing some combination of celebration, sadness and foreboding.The war in Europe was over, bringing home thousands of gleeful troops by ship. Yet newspapers were still catching up on reports of individual soldiers killed during winter and spring, while men continued to die in the Pacific. That meant Americans were learning nearly every day the names of friends and neighbors who did not make it back.What would it take to defeat Japan and finally bring World War II to a close? The conventional wisdom was pessimistic — only...
Nine great documentaries to feed your Olympic fever
The Road to Tokyo may be blocked, but the pandemic can’t completely extinguish the Olympic flame. As a substitute for watching live competition, try these nine documentaries that capture the spirit of the Games:‘More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics’Morgan Freeman narrates this powerful look back at how a 22-year-old Cleveland wonder almost single-handedly spoiled Adolf Hitler’s party plans with a jaw-dropping performance on the track. The film doesn’t shy away from a sad epilogue that found the once-conquering hero relegated to running against race horses for money. Peacock...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Support a local business by ordering one of these 6 new paperbacks
A reminder: Many local indie bookstores are now open (some limited hours) and/or offering curbside/mail service. Support a local business and get yourself a new paperback! Here are six just out, all potentially intoxicating:“Find Me” by Andre Aciman (Picador, $17). This bestselling sequel to “Call Me by Your Name” (which also became a lushly gorgeous movie) reunites the characters of the first book 15 years later, examining what happens when two long-ago lovers meet again. “As much as we all may have craved 300 more pages of vivid descriptions of Oliver and Elio, together once more and vacilla...
The Seattle Times
US will stand by Guaidó, but senators cast doubt on policy towards Venezuela
The United States will continue supporting Venezuela’s National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as the country’s rightful leader, despite Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to orchestrate a “fraudulent” election, a top U.S. diplomat said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.“Juan Guaidó occupies the office of the interim president because it was vacant as a result of the May 2018 corrupt and fraudulent presidential elections,” said Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams during a hearing in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.“It cannot be that Maduro can improve his situation, legally or practical...
Nation and world news briefs
Trump backs off mail voting attacks in Florida as Democrats build huge advantageMIAMI — After claiming inaccurately for weeks that mail voting is rife with fraud, President Donald Trump is now backing off his attacks on mail ballots in his home state.“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.Trump’s tweet — in stark contrast to numerous others in recent weeks warning of a rigged election — comes as Republican mail ballot registration lags behind Democrats in Florida ahead of the November elect...
Tribune News Service
Bumper corn crop on tap as prices founder
Corn farmers across the United States are preparing for a near-record harvest thanks to a smooth, fast spring planting and favorable summer weather.Problem is, corn prices are horrible.Minnesota’s corn crop was 97% silking on Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s well ahead of the five-year average for this stage of the growing season and far better than last year, when only 75% of the corn crop was silking.“I just drove two and a half hours this morning and saw the best crop I’ve ever seen in early August,” Dennis Inman, vice president of grain for CFS Cooperative, s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
BTS to perform at VMAs for first time, will play new song 'Dynamite'
BTS is about to make VMAs history.The Korean pop sensation will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards for the first time on Aug. 30 when the annual awards show hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, organizers announced Tuesday.The seven-member group from Seoul will perform a new single, “Dynamite,” marking the TV debut of the song.“IT’S REALLY HAPPENING,” the VMAs tweeted about BTS’ upcoming performance.BTS announced earlier this week that “Dynamite” would be released as a single on Aug. 21.The wildly popular BTS is nominated for three awards at this year’s ceremony, all for the song “On,” bes...
New York Daily News
The next coronavirus may already be circulating in bats, study suggests
While the exact origin of the coronavirus remains murky, scientists have been racing to determine how it jumped from animals to humans so they can prevent another pandemic.The next one could just be a matter of time, a study published recently suggests.The authors said a virus with similar ability to infect humans may already be out there, carried by a type of bats known for having horseshoe-shaped “leafs” on their noses.Scientists made that prediction after constructing a family tree of the coronavirus — tracing its ancestry by comparing its genetic code with that of other coronaviruses found...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Global view of US leadership hinders foreign policy
The good news in Gallup’s recently released global poll on world leadership is that the U.S. slightly improved. The bad news is that approval across 135 nations is only 33% — just ahead of China (32%) and Russia (30%), but well behind Germany (44%), which leads the quartet of consequential countries. Even worse, disapproval of U.S. leadership is at a record 42% — twice as high as Germany (21%) and even higher than China (30%) and Russia (33%).That a democracy that has historically been a beacon of freedom and human rights is seen as just above repressive regimes in China and Russia should prov...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)