Karla Peterson: New Netflix series takes a sweet and stressful look at life during lockdown
The Villareal family is trying to memorialize their father over Zoom. Ike is trying to stay sober with the help of online meetings and FaceTime calls. Single working mom Imani is letting her in-home camera be her babysitter, because her daughter’s school is closed and what other choice does she have?These may sound like people you know, but they are not. Ike, Imani and the beleaguered Villareals are characters in “Social Distance,” a new Netflix anthology series that takes a fictional look at the lockdown lives we have been living during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are mute button mishaps, se...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gov. Pete Wilson statue gone from San Diego's downtown after advocates call for removal
SAN DIEGO — The statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson in downtown San Diego has been removed.The 13-year-old statue, which had been at Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza Park, was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns the statue. Steve Williams, its president, wrote in an email Thursday that no decision has been made about if it will be returned.“All property … whether statues or real property … must be protected,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we have decided to secure and protect the statue in a place of safekeeping.”Recently, local racial justice and gay rights groups have c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rudy Giuliani's daughter is voting for Joe Biden for president, says 'none of us can afford to be silent right now'
NEW YORK — When your dad is Rudy Giuliani, father definitely does not know best — at least when it comes to politics, his daughter said Thursday in a surprise op-ed that urged Americans to vote for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Nov. 3.In a piece for Vanity Fair, Caroline Rose Giuliani said that despite her father’s close personal and professional ties with Republican President Donald Trump, “none of us can afford to be silent right now.”“As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far a...
New York Daily News
Melinda Henneberger: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley would rather not talk about the GOP's 'Josh Hawley problem'
On the day that Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote that it would be wrong as well as politically unwise for Democrats to attack her on religious grounds. And they haven’t.Instead, in the days since, Democrats have talked about everything but Barrett’s faith. They’ve argued against confirming her during an election. They’ve argued against confirming her during a pandemic. Again and again, they’ve warned that Barrett would, if confirmed, side with those who want to kill the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade. Not because of her religious beliefs,...
The Kansas City Star
In politically divided Michigan, business owners try to dodge cancel culture
When the then-owner of the Detroit Popcorn Company posted a racially charged comment on social media in early June, the reaction was swift and the fallout immediate.Local companies ended business relationships with the company that sells popcorn and concession equipment. Customers blasted the business on social media, vowing never to shop there again.When word spread on social media earlier this summer that the Genuine Toy Company was requiring customers to wear face masks in the downtown Plymouth shop to prevent the spread of COVID-19, its Facebook page was inundated with posts attacking the ...
Detroit Free Press
Eric Trump roasted on internet after saying he's 'part of' LGBT community
NEW YORK — Eric Trump, the president’s third child, erroneously said he’s part of the LGBT community Tuesday in a Fox News interview and suffered a terrible fate: getting made fun of on the internet.Trump, who has been married to his wife, Lara, since 2014, said later Tuesday that he is not actually a part of the LGBT community and that he misspoke, Out reported.“The LGBT community, they are incredible,” Trump, 36, said. “And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man.”“We, the gay committee, have had an emerge...
New York Daily News
Sam Mellinger: Yes, there were boos at Arrowhead. No, it was not everyone. Now can we talk honestly?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gosh dangit we’re at it again.Why do we keep doing this? When did so many of us decide the extremes are the place to hang out, that everything has to be the worst or the best, that if you don’t agree you suck?Before the Chiefs and Texans starred in America’s most-watched live event since the Super Bowl, Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium, players on both teams were booed. The country heard it. The players heard it.Though, to be fair to those booing, those doggone athletes were promoting the radical idea of — checks notes … unity.This booing, including during what was suppos...
The Kansas City Star
The St. Louis couple charged with waving guns at protesters have a long history of not backing down
ST. LOUIS — When Black Lives Matter protesters marched up Kingshighway on June 28 and turned through an iron gate into the magnificent private street of Portland Place, they encountered a couple who have for years, nearly constantly, sued other people and ordered people off their property.Personal-injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey became instant national figures when they intercepted protesters marching past their marble-faced palazzo at One Portland Place, aimed guns at them and demanded they get out.Americans saw the story they wanted to see. Some saw respected professionals feari...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Will Bunch: I'm not freaking out about Biden's VP pick because I'm already thinking ahead to 2024
Over the last few days, there’ve been a few brief moments when you could almost ignore the cotton mask pulling on your ears or the four claustrophobic walls of your quarantine hideaway and pretend that 2020 was the normal, presidential-election-obsessed year we were promised way back in a gray winter when Mayor Pete was still a thing, Bernie was a front-runner and overconfident Trumpists were turning Wildwood, New Jersey, into their Woodstock.In a silly season of cardboard fans and fake cheering, the mini-frenzy over this week’s looming pick by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden of a wom...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Legalization of abortion, gay rights has Haiti churches up in arms
An overhaul of Haiti’s archaic 185-year-old criminal laws provides stiffer penalties for rape, decriminalizes begging and, for the first time, addresses modern-era crimes like cybersecurity and terrorism financing while giving a clearer definition of what constitutes sexual harassment.But the language of the new penal code on the legalization of abortion, discrimination based on sexual orientation, bestiality, scrubbing criminal records of felons and the age of sexual consent for girls is stirring controversy. Outraged Haitians have taken to the streets in protest and support of a Change.org p...