Seattle-based Coast Guard icebreaker to head north on rare wintertime Arctic mission
SEATTLE — The global pandemic has resulted in a dramatic reshuffling of the annual cruise of the Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. Instead of heading south into the unending light of the Antarctic summer, the Seattle-based vessel will journey north into the winter darkness of the Arctic.As late as August, the 134 full-time crew were still preparing for their traditional role assisting in the resupply of the McMurdo Station on Ross Island, close to the Antarctic continent.That mission was scuttled by the National Science Foundation as the coronavirus pandemic prompted research to be cut back a...
The Seattle Times
These are the big books this holiday season, to read or give
Peak TV has peaked, movie theaters are no-go zones, the Eagles are painful to watch, and the squirrels outside your window are just lying around looking at their phones. We’re in the doldrums, and all signs point to a long, dull winter.But at least we have books.Books to give as gifts. Books to give ourselves. Good ones are coming out all the time, which is why we’ve assembled a list of some top new titles to help point you in the right direction. There, our job is done.Now it’s up to you to skip the easy option and instead place your orders with a favorite independent bookshop, where your mon...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Layers of regulations to protect European seas ‘not working,’ audit finds
Europe is failing to protect its oceans, despite having policies in place to safeguard its marine environment, according to a report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on Nov. 26.The ECA, an independent institution within the European Union (EU), looked at marine protection efforts between 2018 and 2020 to see if existing policies within the EU framework were addressing key pressures on marine biodiversity and habitats. What the report ultimately found was that the EU had not taken sufficient action to restore its ailing seas, or to keep fishing at sustainable levels, especially...
Kansas pulls past Kentucky after digging big early hole in Champions Classic
Kansas capped its week-long, three-game season-opening road trip with a come-from-behind victory over a longtime nemesis — fellow blueblood Kentucky — on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.In facing their second ranked opponent of the season, the No. 7-ranked Jayhawks toppled the No. 20-ranked Wildcats, 65-62, in an arena with no fans — 20,000-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse. KU lost to No. 1 Gonzaga on Thanksgiving Day and beat Saint Joseph’s on Friday.KU senior Marcus Garrett scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds, playing after coach Bill Self said on his pregame rad...
The Kansas City Star
Spotlight shifts to rookies as intriguing Pistons training camp gets underway
Just like that, the Pistons are back in training camp.After almost nine months without playing a competitive game, the Pistons are rounding back into form by starting mandatory COVID testing and doing one-on-one individual workouts with a player and a coach this week.With all the new additions to the roster, there aren’t many certainties and probably more questions than answers, but one of the intriguing things to watch is the role that first-round pick Killian Hayes will play.Hayes is only 19, but having played three seasons professionally, including last season in Germany, he could be positi...
The Detroit News
Trudy Rubin: Victory for US democracy: Courts serve law, not a president's will
One good news story from election 2020 that has gotten insufficient attention is the continued independence of America’s courts.Across the country, state and federal judges — appointed by both parties — have resisted President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the voters. From Pennsylvania to Georgia to Michigan and beyond, judges have rejected false White House claims of massive fraud and chastised his lawyers for failing to present evidence.One thrilling moment took place last week in Philadelphia, when federal appeals court Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, bluntly rejected efforts ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bryce Miller: Arnie Robinson dies at 72; Olympic long jump gold medalist, San Diego mainstay
The fact Arnie Robinson learned to long jump using a discarded mattress in the driveway of his Paradise Hills home offered the first hint of his fiery drive. Winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal revealed his talent, focus and unflinching commitment.Beyond the world-class ability, the global track and field fame, the pile of titles at the USA Outdoor Championships, the NCAA championships with San Diego State, the Pan American Games and more, Robinson’s legacy reverberates in San Diego because of a warming blend of humility and service in the shadows.Robinson, the man who fought...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
4 minutes: The genius of an irreplaceable Diego Maradona (Part 3 of a 4-Part series)
Scoring those two decisive goals – the first dubiously dubbed as ‘miraculous’ with the invisible ‘Hand of God’ supposedly involved, and the second one eternally acclaimed as divinely celestial – to clinch victory against a rival nation that stood for most Argentineans as an oppressive colonial master of sorts instantly turned Maradona into the timely hero of the nation and elevated him overnight almost into a deity, albeit not without disastrous consequences as his insatiable indulgence in the forbidden fruits and excesses of his success came with an exceedingly exorbitant price.Living that af...
Football Tribe Asia
'Not true at all': Rudy Giuliani denies talking with Trump about possible pardon
NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani pushed back against a Tuesday report that he recently asked President Donald Trump to give him a preemptive pardon, claiming he never made any such a request.The New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, reported Giuliani and Trump talked about the potential pardon last week. The controversial topic came up in previous conversations between the two men as well, according to the report.But Giuliani — who’s spearheading Trump’s baseless legal battle to subvert Joe Biden’s election victory — vehemently denied ever talking about pardons with the president.“Not true at ...
New York Daily News
What to stream: Movies to match any vacation mood
Right about now, I bet most of us are wishing we were somewhere else. After almost a year of COVID-19 restrictions, including on travel, the cabin fever has long since set in, and a yearning to be some place, any place, else. So what’s one to do: travel via film of course! International films are a great way to dip a toe into other countries and cultures, but sometimes you just want to see a different place, a different vibe or some different weather for crying out loud. So here are some streaming suggestions to escape the state you’re in, for at least 90 minutes.If you’re craving sun and sand...
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