Steve Hummer: Bad day for college football could reverberate in the South
ATLANTA — Two of the big boys of college football decided — despite a wave of hashtag protests — to pull the plug. Now it is time for us holdouts down South to hope for the best but gird for the worst.The Big Ten opted out of playing in the fall Tuesday, which undoubtedly sent tremors through places like Birmingham (Michigan) and Athens (Ohio) and maybe Atlanta (Illinois).That has to deeply, on a gut level, concern those who live in warmer latitudes and in like-named cities. Places where college football is deemed as indispensable to the fall as helium is to the party balloon or blood is to th...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Injured cruise ship worker 'forgotten' after seven months in South Florida hotels
From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.He can’t get on any of them.An injured Royal Caribbean Group crew member, Córdova, 48, has been living in South Florida hotels since January. He traveled from Peru to the U.S. to receive follow-up treatment for back surgery he had in November 2018. Back then, doctors replaced two herniated disks in his spine with titanium plates, repairing damage from years of lifting and lugging 50-pound chlorine containers aboard Celebrity Cruises ship...
Thinking of home schooling? Here's how to do it
Families across the U.S. will be getting yet another taste of home schooling this fall, as many school districts opt for some degree of remote learning due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.But others are thinking about untethering from traditional schools altogether, adopting their own, more flexible curricula that can be better adapted to parents’ schedules and children’s needs.Indeed, interest in home schooling — which first gained traction among religious families over the past few decades — has spiked since the pandemic began. Taking responsibility for your children’s education, how...
Commentary: An open letter to the Weather Channel Graphics Department upon being accused of wanting my home destroyed to boost ad sales
Dear Weather Channel Graphics Department:We journalists all deal with a lot of trolling in this age of social media. And some of the trolling on the Sun Sentinel’s Facebook page during our coverage of Hurricane Isaias has been a little confusing. I’d like to state in no uncertain terms that I do not want my family killed, my home destroyed or my friends or extended family here in South Florida similarly imperiled in order to increase revenue for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.I shouldn’t have to say that, but people seem to be thinking it is so. And, Weather Channel Graphics Department, I kind...
For every COVID-19 death nine relatives suffer, researchers say
PHILADELPHIA — The coronavirus has so far caused more than 500,000 deaths, with more than 136,000 of them in the United States. But the impact doesn’t end there.While it’s expected that deaths from COVID-19 will impair the health and well-being of surviving family members, the extent of the impact hasn’t been quantified.Now, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have calculated that each death from COVID-19 will affect approximately nine surviving family members.“It’s not just individuals themselves who die (from COVID-19). People are connected to other people,” said Ashton Verdery, pro...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ex-etiquette: Widow, children clash over her new love
Q. My second husband was very ill the three years before he passed. I took care of him in our home the entire time. Being in my late 60s, I did not think I would ever meet someone else, but surprisingly, I did, six months to the day of his passing at the grocery store. We hit it off and have been dating for five months. His wife also passed. My children, who are adults and do not live with me, take it very personally that I’m seeing someone new, saying it’s too soon. I understand their point of view, but I’m 67 years old and grateful I have this chance. Life is so short. What’s good ex-etiquet...
Tribune News Service
You put everything bagel seasoning on about everything. Now try it on this roast chicken.
You’ve heard it before. Roast chicken truly is one of the easiest main courses to cook and the most versatile. You can dress it up or down.Armed with just the two basic ingredients, chicken and salt, I’ve cooked fryer and roaster birds in ovens big and small, decrepit and new, countertop and mammoth professionals. Before we had kids, I roasted chickens in an ancient gas range in our city apartment during renovations. After a day of hanging drywall and grouting tile, we created a makeshift table from wooden sawhorses and a plank of paneling. Then, we enjoyed a bird coated in curry paste accompa...
In wake of 737 Max crashes, Senate proposal would strengthen FAA oversight of Boeing plane designs
A proposed bill to tighten controls on how federal aviation safety regulators oversee and approve Boeing’s design of new jets has been hammered out by a Senate committee after backroom negotiations and a pressure campaign by families of the 346 people who died in two crashes of the 737 Max.If passed, the bill would reverse the years-long trend of delegating more and more control of the process to Boeing itself, and would shift the balance of oversight responsibility back toward the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).“We’re pleased,” said Michael Stumo, the father of 24-year-old Samya Stumo,...
The Seattle Times
Balancing Act: A week into summer break, this principal called his students back to school — this time to help their community heal from George Floyd unrest
CHICAGO — School let out for the summer on May 29 at Leo High School, a private all-boys Catholic school in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.One day later, the unrest sweeping the nation over the killing of George Floyd spilled into the streets of Chicago. And the day after that (and the day after that, and the day after that), Leo principal Shaka Rawls was on the phone with his students.“We’re an extended family,” Rawls said. “I know it’s high school and I’m the principal and you’re supposed to hate your principal, but this is not that. I’m emotionally attached to my boys and their lives...
Summer TV preview: 15 new shows we can't wait to see
It figures to be a very different kind of summer this time around.Though the calendar — and weather — indicate that it’s time to embrace some outdoorsy fun, many of us will still be spending plenty of time close to home.Fortunately, television programmers are providing lots of new content to keep us occupied, including a fresh take on “Perry Mason,” a rousing performance of “Hamilton,” a traveling culinary series hosted by Padma Lakshmi, and much more.And, yes, there’s even another new streaming service on its way as NBC Universal’s Peacock gets set for a July debut.With all that in mind, here...
The Mercury News