Marisa Warren has lofty goals: DePaul basketball, studying social justice — and eventually taking to the skies: 'I've never met anyone who looks like me who is a pilot'
When the DePaul women’s basketball team travels to games, Marisa Warren snags a window seat. She usually observes the type of plane and might peek into the cockpit.Aviation has been a joy for the freshman point guard since childhood. At 8 years old, she flew by herself from Missouri to Texas to visit an aunt. She took her first international flight in eighth grade when her German class toured Europe. She has crisscrossed the nation to compete on basketball teams.But when Warren held the controls of a piston-engine Cirrus SR20 plane over the Mississippi River last year, she knew for certain she...
Sing a new song unto the Lord: the transgender, nonbinary Rev. Kori Pacyniak
SAN DIEGO — The conversation began in typical fashion, with a question many grandparents ask: “When you grow up,” Kori Pacyniak’s grandmother wondered, “what would you like to be?”At that point, the chat took an atypical turn.“I want to be a priest,” said Kori, then an 8-year-old girl from a devout Polish Catholic family.Grandmother: “Only boys can be priests.”Kori: “OK, I want to grow up to be a boy.”Now 37, Kori Pacyniak no longer wants to be male — or female. Pacyniak now identifies as nonbinary, someone who is not strictly feminine or masculine. (And someone who has abandoned gender-specif...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Devin Nunes banned his local newspaper from a public event. Why is he so scared?
Rep. Devin Nunes’ war against the free press reached a new low on Tuesday when he barred The Fresno Bee from covering a major water forum in Tulare, Calif.The forum covered matters of crucial public interest. The chief executive officer of Friant Water Authority, a public agency, moderated the event. David Bernhardt, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, also attended. Yet despite the fact that the McClatchy reporters had reserved tickets, Nunes’ staff banned them.“The Fresno Bee learned at 10 a.m. Tuesday that its reporters would not be allowed to cover the event, after receiving ...
The Sacramento Bee
Patrick Baldwin Jr., the nation's No. 3 basketball recruit in the junior class, faces a difficult decision — play for Coach K, his father or his beloved Northwestern?
EVANSTON, Ill. — After playing all 44 minutes of a draining triple-overtime thriller, Patrick Baldwin Jr. had one thing left to do: bare his soul.Baldwin had scored a game-high 25 points for Sussex (Wis.) Hamilton despite Evanston spotlighting him with its box-and-one defense. He made key shots, missed key shots, grabbed 17 rebounds, drew two offensive fouls for extending his left arm, blew a kiss after a pull-up jumper and surrendered the ball under his team’s basket in a devastating sequence.And after all of those emotional swings at Welsh-Ryan Arena, his second home, Baldwin did something e...
Georgia tops No. 13 Auburn to snap four-game losing streak
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia picked a good time to break its four-game losing streak. That the Bulldogs did it against No. 13 Auburn made it all the more satisfying.Anthony Edwards made a 3-pointer from the wing to slow a late run by the Tigers, and then fellow freshman Toumani Camara closed out the game from the foul line to give the Bulldogs a 65-55 victory.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Georgia and a five-game losing streak to Auburn. The Tigers (22-4, 9-4) also lost at Missouri this past Saturday. They’re playing without freshman Isaac Okoro of Powder Springs, their No. 2 scorer.Wi...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nation and world news briefs
Sex abuse cases push Harrisburg Catholic Diocese into bankruptcyThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, facing sex abuse claims it says it may not be able to pay, filed for bankruptcy protection, citing changing laws and an increasing number of victims.The church “has struggled to remain financially viable while funding compensation for survivors and continued litigation by survivors,” the Pennsylvania diocese said in court papers filed Wednesday.Early last year, church officials launched a compensation program for victims, giving them 90 days to file claims. The program paid more than $12.5...
Tribune News Service
7 ways the rebuilding Pistons can imitate the booming Bucks
DETROIT — For well over a decade recently, the Milwaukee Bucks were stuck in the middle: Occasionally a playoff team, and if so, a reliable loser in the first round.Sound familiar, Pistons fans?It may seem hard to believe now, but in the 17 seasons from 2002 until 2018, the Bucks never made the second round in their eight playoff appearances.But as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks visit Detroit on Thursday to start the NBA’s stretch run following the All-Star break, Milwaukee is a league-best 46-8, a finals favorite and a solid bet to win it all someday soon.The Pistons, who have not won a ...
The Detroit News
Dell to sell security firm RSA for $2 billion
Dell Technologies said Tuesday it is selling one of its businesses — network security firm RSA — for $2.075 billion in an effort to simplify its product portfolio.Dell Technologies is selling Massachusetts-based RSA to California private equity firm Symphony Technology Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Netherlands-based AlpInvest Partners, according to a news release.The deal is expected to close in the next six to nine months according to the company.Dell Technologies acquired RSA as part of its 2016 purchase of data storage giant EMC Corp. Selling the company is “the right long...
Bluetooth stickers on your clothing? Startup Wiliot gets $20M for tracking tech
Giants in technology and consumer products are funneling more cash into a small tech startup in San Diego that’s developing tiny bluetooth stickers that can transform everyday items — like clothing, wallets, or Amazon packages — to trackable “connected” devices.The startup, called Wiliot, just raised $20 million from PepsiCo and Verizon’s venture capital arm, among several other investors. Last year, the company attracted the attention of tech giants Amazon and Samsung, which have also backed Wiliot.With the new cash, the startup’s executives say they’re ramping up to mass-produce their tiny b...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ann McFeatters: Trump's corruption of Department of Justice further erodes our democracy
WASHINGTON — So now we have a new chief law enforcement officer in the land, one Donald J. Trump.If you are white, wealthy and well-connected, this is good news, especially if you have been moldering in prison because you were corrupt, vile and venal in business or politics. Acting on a whim, especially if you were overly nice to him or contributed to his success in some way such as a political contribution, Trump may well pardon you or grant you clemency.Unless you are on the official list of more than 1,000 potential people seeking pardons and aren’t rich. Then you are doomed, unless you are...
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