Census Bureau releases most detailed data ever on same-sex couples
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage, the Census Bureau has released the most detailed data ever on same-sex couples, married and unmarried, in a move welcomed by LGBTQ activists.“Like with so many other marginalized communities, being able to have this data means so much,” said Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager for Equity California, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. Accurate data helps government organizations and nonprofit groups better serve the unique needs of each community, she said.The new data is part of the Census Burea...
The Mercury News
Politics is stranger than fiction
“Rodham” by Curtis Sittenfeld; Random House (432 pages; $28)———In her new novel “Rodham,” Minneapolis-based fiction writer Curtis Sittenfeld offers up a tantalizing premise: What would the past couple of decades of American politics have looked like if a young Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton’s marriage proposal in the early 1970s?It’s the kind of irresistible “what if?” scenario that’s been known to fuel many a freewheeling, late-night conversation among political junkies.What if Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey had eked out a win over Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential race? That w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Marriage and dating 6 months into a pandemic: more pressure, less sex
Divorce is hard. Add a global pandemic and it may cause you to rethink some things. That was the reality for three couples whom attorney Susan Myres counseled on divorce. At the beginning of the pandemic, they all decided to step back and reconsider going through with separating in the midst of a global crisis.“I think COVID, for people with a kindness and generosity in their heart, made them kind of sit up straight and think about, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’,” said Myres, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which is based in Chicago.About six months into COVID-1...
'Love is not canceled': Don't wait. Hold tight to your planned 2020 wedding; here are some expert tips
CHICAGO – Homewood, Ill., residents, Deborah and Markell Thrash were married Aug. 8 on the grounds of Sinha Elegant Cuisine surrounded by 25 of their closest family and friends. DNR Events, an event planning firm in Blue Island, Ill., made their big day happen.“We were going to get married right before the pandemic set in, in March,” said Deborah Thrash, 58. “We’ve both been married before. When everything sort of opened back up, we waited a little while, then I was like: ‘Are we going to do this? He said yes, and I ran with it. My thing is live for today because I don’t know what tomorrow is ...
HBO 'Coastal Elites' review: Dispatches from the hell of early 2020, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae
The five monologues making up Paul Rudnick’s “Coastal Elites” were originally planned for an early 2020 New York staging, to be taped for a later HBO special.The COVID-19 pandemic preempted the “live theater” part of those plans. This gave Rudnick and his director, Jay Roach, of “Recount,” “Game Change” and the recent Megyn Kelly/Roger Ailes docudrama “Bombshell,” time to update the material to respond directly to the early months of the coronavirus crisis. It made sense, given the monologues’ primary subject: How Trump and his supporters are setting the tone for these ever-threatening days.“F...
Barton Goldsmith: Pandemic breakups and how to avoid them
There has been a surge in divorce filings since the first lockdown. A few months of constantly being with the person you vowed to love forever has been too much for some couples. I truly believe that at the core, those couples never learned to nurture each other or their relationship, but let’s look at some of why they say it happened.A few couples have split due to political differences. Many others just got tired of their current partner and opted for loneliness or even isolation rather than share a space with this person they now dislike. If you are feeling like leaving, you may want to ask...
Tribune News Service
Ex-etiquette: Him … and his kids
Q. I have recently moved in with a man who has three children. We plan to marry but have not set a date. Although I am 26, this is my first really serious relationship. I always want to feel like my partner’s first priority, but I question his loyalty to me. He’s constantly talking to his ex and will even cancel dates if his children call on him. This is frustrating to me. What’s good ex-etiquette?A. It’s funny, I get questions on the same subjects in waves, possibly because regular readers of this column read a question that reminds them of their own situation and then they choose to write me...
Tribune News Service
Are you binge-watching reruns of your old favorite TV shows? You're having a natural response to COVID-19
One weeknight in July, at the end of a particularly exhausting workday spent monitoring pandemic news and conducting interviews that increasingly felt like therapy sessions for all involved, I sat down on my couch with a glass of wine, turned on the first episode of the Netflix reboot of “The Baby-Sitters Club” and felt, for the first time in weeks, instantly soothed.I wasn’t alone. Though we are objectively too old for this, I have since heard from many of my friends and acquaintances, all professional women in their 30s, that nothing took the pain of life inside a communal trauma away quite ...
The Seattle Times
John Thompson, legendary Georgetown coach and Basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 78
John Thompson, a towering figure in college basketball who led Georgetown to the 1984 national championship and three Final Fours, has died. He was 78.Thompson, who coached the likes of Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson during 27 seasons at Georgetown, was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.He became the first Black coach to win the NCAA men’s title when his Hoyas — led by Ewing — beat Houston 84-75 at the Kingdome in Seattle in 1984.Ewing, who called his former coach a “father figure, confidant and role model,” said Thompson changed the world.“H...
New York Daily News
Florida report shows hundreds test positive for COVID-19 at state schools in August
MIAMI — The Florida Department of Health accidentally released a report on COVID-19 outbreaks at schools across the state — from daycare centers to colleges — and found that nearly 900 students and staffers had tested positive during a two-week period in August as schools had just begun or readied to reopen.State officials published the six-page draft online on Monday, but then quickly wiped it away a day later. The Miami Herald obtained a copy before it disappeared.Florida International University infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Mary Jo Trepka said the detailed data were one of the most...