Storm Isaias pounds US East Coast, one killed in New York
New York (AFP) - Tropical storm Isaias pounded the US eastern seaboard with driving rain and strong winds on Tuesday, cutting power to millions of households and felling trees, including in New York.At least one person was killed in New York City after a tree fell on their car, while another was critically injured by a falling branch, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.Wind gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph) wreaked havoc across eastern states, littering streets with debris, closing roads and forcing the cancellation of scores of flights.Public transport services were also briefly suspended including New York...
Takeaways from the Jimmy Butler-less Heat's impressive win over the Celtics
There was a lot working against the Miami Heat entering Tuesday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics.Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler was ruled out for the game because of right ankle soreness.Miami was playing its third game in four days and on the second night of a back-to-back set following Monday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors.And the game was against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, as Boston owns the third-best record in the East.But the shorthanded Heat (43-25) overcame all of that to defeat the Celtics 112-106 on Tuesday night in its third of eight seeding games at Disney’s Wid...
Heat's Erik Spoelstra upset more by 'trickery' in opponents flopping than NBA's blown flagrant call
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Tuesday took less umbrage with an apparent critical officiating mistake in Monday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors than with the “trickery” employed by players to attempting to embellish fouls.In question was the flagrant foul called on Heat center Kelly Olynyk in a tie game in the closing minutes of the 107-103 loss, when Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went down in a heap over an apparent poke in the eye. Crew chief David Guthrie later told a pool reporter that he believed he erred in the assessment of a flagrant.The Raptors received two free throws and the ball, sco...
Fabiola Santiago: Karen Bass has a Cuba problem. If Biden picks her as VP, he's gifting Florida to Trump
Fidel Castro has risen from his oversized, corn-kernel-shaped tomb in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to play a role in another American presidential election.This time, Castro’s ghost looms over Democrat Joe Biden’s all-female short list of candidates for vice president.“The passing of the comandante en jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba,” said California congresswoman Karen Bass when Castro died on Nov. 25, 2016.If you’re Cuban or Cuban American in Miami, this is what you’re hearing: “Comandante en jefe, ordene.”Commander in chief, at your service.They were the infamous words Cubans used whe...
3 weeks before the RNC, we know a little more about it (but only a little)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three weeks before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, details are just emerging about what will happen — though not where.GOP officials have said the formal nomination of President Donald Trump will take place on Aug. 24 in Charlotte, though no location has been nailed down. Officials are still negotiating use of the Charlotte Convention Center.Axios reported Tuesday that the convention will include four nights of programming that include a “nightly surprise.” Events would be held from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night in another metro area that official...
The Charlotte Observer
Magic can't overcome slow start in 120-109 loss to Pacers
ORLANDO, Fla. — A poor start put the Orlando Magic in a bad spot. Too many turnovers helped keep them there.The Magic trailed by 16 less than five minutes into the game and played nearly the entire game with a double-digit deficit as they absorbed a 120-109 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at ESPN Wide World of Sports’ Visa Athletic Center.Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross each finished with 20 points for Orlando (32-36), which fell to 0-3 this season against Indiana (42-26).Ross was scoreless in the first half.Magic coach Steve Clifford was concerne...
Dave Hyde: Mattingly wants Marlins' story to be perseverance — not COVID-19
Donnie Baseball is Donnie America. He’s Everyman in this pandemic. The coronavirus worked through his Miami Marlins roster, ravaged their season, shoved them to the forefront of baseball’s attempt to play without the protective bubble and offered a direct view of the virus.“I’m not afraid of it, but I don’t want to get it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Isn’t that it? Isn’t that most of us? The odds are with us living through it. The anecdotal stories of friends who had it say we’ll be OK after diverging levels of trouble — even hospitalization. But who wants to suffer from it at all, muc...
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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
David Murphy: Sixers need to get struggling Ben Simmons going
There’s one silver lining. There’s one reason to suspend disbelief. There’s one reason to think that, over the next six games, the Sixers will turn into a team that we have yet to see.It’s Ben Simmons. Because, moving forward, he can’t play much worse.Two games into the NBA’s restart in Orlando, the Sixers are the owners of an awful loss and a guess-we’ll-take-it win. Of their eight quarters of play, there have been no more than two in which they’ve looked anything close to championship caliber. And for the second straight game, Simmons was directly responsible.After failing to offer any sort ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Forced labor': Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line crew say they've been working without pay
MIAMI — As cruise companies begin to operate passenger cruises again, thousands of crew members remain trapped on ships without pay as they wait to be sent home.For crew on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in Palm Beach, the delay has been especially grim. Cleaners and cooks have been working since mid-March without pay, according to two crew members and a lawsuit filed in Miami federal court Tuesday. The suit accuses the company of engaging in “forced labor,” among other claims.The company did not respond to a request for comment.Cruise companies have been staying afloat ...