Cubs' 3-game series against Cardinals in St. Louis postponed after 3 more positive COVID-19 tests
ST. LOUIS — The Chicago Cubs’ three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium was postponed after three more positive COVID-19 tests from the Cardinals.MLB announced a Cardinals staff member and two players tested positive in samples collected over the last two days.Earlier, Friday’s game was postponed to “allow for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process,” the league said in a statement.The Cubs flew home to Chicago for four off days before their next scheduled game on Tuesday in Cleveland.There was no word on when the games would be rescheduled. The Cub...
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Report on mass attacks details ‘targeted acts of violence’The U.S. Secret Service on Thursday released its annual assessment on mass attacks in the country.The report, “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces 2019,” looked at 34 episodes of targeted violence across the U.S. that occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 in which at least three people were injured.The attacks that fit those criteria were carried out by 37 attackers in 21 states.Of these, 59% of them (20 attacks) took place at public sites — or spaces that are easily accessible to the general population, such as sidewalks, restaurants, retail s...
Tribune News Service
Mary Schmich: Hate that mask? You'll like it better if you turn it into a story
Every mask tells a story. What’s yours?Obviously, this question presumes that you have a mask and use it, in which case, you’re not the prime target for the new Illinois ad campaign that comes with the slogan “It Only Works if You Wear It.” The $5 million campaign, which the governor announced Monday, is aimed at the mask resisters, the legions whose behavior is one reason a killer virus continues to stalk the land.But if you do wear a mask when you should — generally indoors in public spaces, outdoors when you can’t keep proper social distance — you probably have a story, and that story makes...
Georgia passes 200,000 coronavirus cases
ATLANTA — Georgia passed more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the state Department of Public Health.The department said 201,713 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported. The state is also nearing 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the latest total at 3,984.A total of 19,788 hospitalizations have been reported, with 3,616 patients admitted into intensive care units, the department said.Wednesday’s latest numbers also show 3,817 more cases reported over the last 24 hours, along with 65 more deaths over the same period. Nat...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
South Carolina poll shows Harrison in striking distance of Graham, tight presidential race
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, while 44% said they would go for the Seneca Republican.Though pollsters called the race “statistically tied,” many South Carolina voters have not committed to either candidate, according to the poll.Of the 741 likely South Carolinian voters surveyed online from July 24 to Aug. 2, 4% said they would vote for som...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Iowa Center Luka Garza Announces His Return To School
On Monday, Iowa Hawkeye’s center Luka Garza in a letter posted to the school’s website announced that he would be withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school. Garza, a national player of the year contender in 2019, immediately makes the Hawkeyes national championship contenders. In his letter, he cited the pandemic disrupting the draft process as well as the desire to finish his career at Iowa, “When I was younger, I dreamed that at some point in my college career I would have the opportunity to leave early to pursue an NBA career. Although I dreamed that, I could never have anticip...
COVID-19 resurgence leaves movie studios, theaters mired in uncertainty
The Pines Theatre, a 450-seat venue with one screen in Houghton Lake, Michigan, opened in 1941 and has survived numerous up and downs of the movie business.Its latest challenge? The uncertainty caused by the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States.In mid-June, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved northern Michigan to Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan, the Pines was able to screen movies for the first time since mid-March.Under reduced capacity and safety measures, it started running older hits like 1985’s “Goonies” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” But after screenings of the 2016 animate...
Detroit Free Press
Getting your hair cut or heading to the gym? Get ready to sign a waiver
MINNEAPOLIS — As businesses reopen amid a slew of safety and cleaning requirements, many are asking something new of their customers and employees: a promise not to sue if they get sick.Liability waivers have long been used for risky endeavors such as downhill skiing or youth sports. But in the unchartered legal waters of the coronavirus pandemic, people now find themselves signing such forms when they get their hair cut, nails painted and teeth cleaned.“It’s a whole new world,” said Matt Murphy, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “Everybody’s freaked out.”With no specific le...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
NY airports to enforce quarantine for travelers from COVID hot spots
NEW YORK — People coming into New York’s airports from 19 states where coronavirus cases are rapidly rising will be met by “peace officers” upon arrival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.The potentially infectious travelers will be required to fill out a state Department of Health form that provides information on where they are coming from, going to, how to contact them — as well as a guarantee to self-quarantine for two weeks. The forms will be distributed on flights before they land, and can also be filled out electronically.Those who decline to fill out a form will face a fine of up to $...
New York Daily News
Factory jobs get a boost from PPE manufacturing
As factories start bringing back workers laid off at the beginning of the pandemic, some are retooling to meet coronavirus-related demands.Designetics, a firm near Toledo, Ohio, that makes windshield coating systems, now has about half its 73 workers trained to make custom protective barriers to prevent coronavirus transmission.The switch started when a local hospital asked for a particular size barrier for ultrasound sessions with expectant mothers. Orders flowed in from grocery stores, restaurants and beauty salons. Even a Tucson, Ariz., art gallery ordered transparent barriers to keep its a...