Delta to retire Boeing 717s, some 767s by end of 2025
Delta Air Lines said it will retire more jets earlier than planned as it cuts costs amid weakened travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlanta-based airline outlined the revised plans in a regulatory filing Friday announcing the completion of $9 billion in financing, including a $6 billion debt offering backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program and a $3 billion loan. The debt deal was increased from a previously planned $6.5 billion.Delta said it will retire its 110-seat Boeing 717s and the rest of its 226-seat Boeing 767-300ER jets by December 2025.The airline also plans to r...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
The Mercury News
MLB promised free COVID-19 testing for essential workers. We're still waiting.
NEW YORK — Tucked away in Major League Baseball’s 113-page manual for playing through the coronavirus pandemic is a subtle assurance from the league and its owners to the public that baseball in 2020 would offset whatever resource drain might result from the business of baseball.As Section 2.1.5, titled “Voluntary Testing of Household Members and First Responders” read: “MLB will offer free diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing for … healthcare workers or other first responders in the Clubs’ home cities as a public service.”MLB would clean up after itself, in other words, supplying free...
New York Daily News
'Coregasms' are one way to practice sexual self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic
What the heck is a “coregasm?” Well, it’s when you have an orgasm while working out, also known as an exercise-induced orgasm. Does that all of a sudden make you want to go for a run?A recent survey asked nearly 4,200 men and women about their knowledge of a “coregasm” and if they’ve ever had one. Only 3% of women said they had, and 6% of men. Most didn’t even know it was possible to have an orgasm while working out (97% of women, and 91% of men).More than 2,100 women and more than 2,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35 participated in the survey, which was commissioned by sports equipment si...
Darden Restaurants reduces corporate staff as sales remain down during pandemic
Darden Restaurants revealed Thursday it has cut 11% of its corporate workforce at its Orlando headquarters and in other leadership positions as the owner of Olive Garden continues to endure slower sales during the coronavirus pandemic.The company, which also owns LongHorn Steakhouse and other chains, said Thursday that same-restaurant sales were down 29% for the quarter ending Aug. 30 compared with the same quarter last year, but reported net earnings of $37 million from continuing operations.At the same time, Darden has brought back thousands of its furloughed hourly employees in the past few...
'You are not listening': Fauci scolds Sen. Rand Paul for misconstruing NY's coronavirus battle
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the typically reserved infectious disease expert, put Sen. Rand Paul on blast during a testy congressional hearing Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican trash-talked New York’s coronavirus response.Paul, who remains skeptical of face masks and social distancing despite contracting COVID-19 in March, posited the dubious argument that New York’s actually done a poor job fighting the virus and that the state’s only seeing low infectious rates at the moment because enough residents have been exposed to it and developed “community immunity.”“How can we possibly be jumping up an...
New York Daily News
Florida's COVID-19 death toll at 13,782 after 6 months
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s been six months since Florida began reporting the deaths of people from the coronavirus pandemic.The list started with 17 deaths on March 23. The official numbers now: 13,618 Floridians who have died from COVID-19, plus another 164 nonresidents who died from the disease in the state.The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported the virus deaths of 203 more residents, the most on any daily report for almost two weeks.Florida’s COVID-19 death rate is the same as Pennsylvania’s, at 15th in the nation, with 62 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Center...
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who opposes mandatory masks, tests positive for COVID-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second governor in the United States to contract the disease as he campaigns for a full term in a race that has often centered on his response to the pandemic.Parson, who turned 65 last week and had heart surgery four years ago, may be at heightened risk of falling severely ill, according to health guidance that says older adults and those with underlying conditions are more prone to intense symptoms.The governor’s office announced his test result Wednesday afternoon, hours after revealing that f...
The Kansas City Star
How to create a pandemic pod for safe social interaction
Outdoor summer barbecues, socially distanced hikes, and mask-wearing play dates at the park have helped people maintain in-person contact with friends and family during the coronavirus pandemic.But those outdoor gatherings will become less feasible as the pandemic stretches into the fall and temperatures drop, leaving many grasping for an alternative.Enter pandemic pods. Also known as quarantine bubbles or quaranteams, they are becoming increasingly popular among families and extended family as a way to socialize safely.A pandemic pod is a group of friends or families who agree to strict safet...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Erika Ettin: A virtual date is still a date
The world has been massively disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic over the past six months, and the dating scene is no exception — ask anyone who has debated meeting for socially distanced drinks with a complete stranger. Although singles are getting creative with ways to meet new people by replacing in-person first dates with Zoom, FaceTime and phone calls, some rude behavior unfortunately still remains.While there’s almost nothing worse than being stood up for a real date — awkwardly sitting at the bar alone, checking and re-checking your texts to make sure you got the date, time and locati...
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