Mike Bianchi: Orlando City lost championship game but won respect
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City may have lost the championship game, but the Lions won something much more important during the past month.They won back their fans and they won their respect as a franchise.Of course, there was disappointment and dejection after the 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers in the MLS is Back Tournament final on Tuesday night. As there should have been. Orlando City, after all, is a franchise that has never won a championship of any kind since joining MLS, and the team desperately wanted to put some hardware in its barren trophy case.It’s too bad the magical run had to end...
Orlando Sentinel to leave downtown office building after 69 years
ORLANDO, Fla. — “After careful deliberation, we have decided to permanently vacate our Orange Avenue office,” Publisher and General Manager Nancy Meyer said in an email to Sentinel employees. “This decision was not made lightly or hastily. Instead, amid a pandemic that prevents us from safely returning to the office for an undetermined period of time, the company decided to formally close the Orange Avenue office on October 30, 2020.”She added, “In the coming months we will continue to examine the workplace needs for the teams currently based at the downtown office. We will keep you informed o...
A new depression in the Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Josephine later Wednesday
MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine by Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and higher gusts, according to the hurricane center’s advisory at 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday.The system is then expected to begin moving west-northwest later Wednesday, according to forecasters. By Friday, winds could reach 60 mph before weakening again.The forecast shows the storm mov...
'Words can't explain how I feel.' Florida felons vote for first time since rights restoration
MIAMI — Deshaun Jones couldn’t sleep Monday night.Anticipation gnawed at her insides as she went on the internet, researching and evaluating candidates. The very next day the 44-year-old social worker would do something that she hadn’t done in more than a decade: She voted.Jones was among several felons who joined the Circle of Brotherhood, a nonprofit that encourages Black men to be community leaders, in marching to the polls for early voting on Tuesday. The demonstration took place in Brownsville and encouraged everyone in earshot to not take voting for granted.“For all the women who are com...
Cowboys create COVID-19 bubble by moving players into hotel for training camp
The majority of the Dallas Cowboys players have checked into the Omni Hotel adjacent to the team’s headquarters at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday morning in an attempt to form a bubble so they could shield themselves and their families from COVID-19 during training camp, a source said.Rookies and free agents were already staying there and that option has been opened to the rest of the team.The veterans got together and decided it would be best if they all checked into the Omni as well. The Cowboys have been in camp for a little more than a week but will ramp up with padded practices in t...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Adam Gase says he did 'bad job' using Le'Veon Bell at beginning of last season
NEW YORK — Adam Gase side-stepped whether perennial Pro Bowler Le’Veon Bell would be a workhorse or just another cog in the league’s worst-ranked offense from last year.Will Bell, one of the NFL’s best dual threat running backs in the past decade before his forgettable 2019 campaign with the Jets, be the centerpiece or part of a running back by committee this season?“Every game is so different,” Gase said Wednesday after the team’s first non-padded practice. “You’re always trying to figure with the personnel you have, what’s the best way to (do it). Could it be a situation where Le’Veon and Fr...
New York Daily News
Lowe's ramps up faster home delivery nationwide with more distribution centers
Lowe’s is expanding for faster home delivery nationwide.Over the next 18 months, the North Carolina-based home improvement company will open 50 delivery terminals, seven distribution centers and four e-commerce fulfillment centers, Lowe’s announced Wednesday.The goal is to enable faster e-commerce shipping with more same-day and next-day delivery across the country, the company said in a news release said.“Opening these new facilities will allow our stores to operate more efficiently … and improve the customer experience with more predictable deliveries, better in-stock rates and faster fulfil...
The Charlotte Observer
3 men accused in plots to threaten, harass victims in R. Kelly racketeering case in NY
CHICAGO — Three men have been charged in federal court in New York with attempting to intimidate, harass or pay off alleged victims in the racketeering case against singer R. Kelly, adding yet another twist to a legal drama that began almost two decades ago.Richard Arline Jr., of Dolton, Donnell Russell, of Chicago, and Michael Williams, of Valdosta, Georgia., were each charged in separate criminal complaints and will appear in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn at a later date.According to the charges, Arline, 31 a longtime friend of Kelly’s, was captured on an FBI wiretap discussing a scheme in...
Palestinian-American family stranded by coronavirus in Gaza return home to Florida, where cases skyrocket
A married couple and their children have finally been able to return to theUSafter being stranded in theGazaStrip by restrictions on travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.Adria and Ayman Arafat were stranded in Gaza for months after lockdown measures were swiftly put in place resulting from a covid-19 outbreak in the territory.Gaza’s covid-19 official infection rate is 81, with one death.Part of the reason the numbers remain so low is due to a series of blockades imposed on the Palestinian territory by Egypt and Israel.The married couple had arrived in Gaza via Egypt’s Rafah border - which it...
Florida's hospitals show signs that coronavirus may be waning. For now, at least
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hospitalization rates, the most timely indicator for how severe the COVID pandemic is in Florida, are showing signs that the state finally may have the virus more under control.While people still are arriving at Florida hospitals struggling for breath, they are coming in fewer numbers than just three weeks ago, when new hospitalizations for the coronavirus hit a high in the state.“Hospitalizations are the real measure, and we are seeing declining admissions and increasing discharges,” said Dr. Zoran Bursac, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Florida Internation...