Family travel five: Reel adventures
When the time is right to pursue a family fly-fishing adventure, know you’ll soon wake up in some of the country’s most pristine places. You may catch and release the fish, but will savor the memories for a lifetime.Here are five destinations to consider:———1. Casper, Wyo.With plenty of wide-open space at the ready, this central Wyoming town is a vibrant hub for outdoor adventure. Home to the North Platte River, which provides year-round fly-fishing opportunities, Casper has become a bucket-list destination for avid and aspiring anglers. The river sits below five reservoirs, enabling consisten...
Whitmer kidnap plot: Possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says
DETROIT — A man accused in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a fight with the alleged ringleader, was against the violent plan and was out of the loop in the months before his arrest, his lawyer says.The public defender for Pete Musico, 42, of Munith, spelled out during a bond hearing Friday in Jackson County a timeline of accusations which he says works in his client’s favor.Musico is one of 14 men charged in the plot, which prosecutors say took on various iterations with multiple targets and was meant to instigate a civil war.Six men face federal kidnapping charges, but Musico is ...
Detroit Free Press
Vahe Gregorian: As Election Day nears, Patrick Mahomes reiterates call to be 'a part of this country'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early in Chiefs training camp at Arrowhead Stadium, coach Andy Reid turned over a meeting to Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu, the charismatic leaders on either side of the ball.Even as the Chiefs were beginning their “#RunItBack” campaign in earnest after the first Super Bowl triumph in 50 years, even as they were masked and distanced contending with the ever-present COVID-19 coronavirus, Reid recognized other urgent priorities.“Always keep an open mind,” Reid said. “We’re all here to learn and to get ourselves better. And, inevitably, make everybody around us better, inc...
The Kansas City Star
Marijuana companies seek disaster relief
Derek Wright had hoped his 120-acre marijuana farm in Southern Oregon would yield a $2.8 million crop this year. But he said the South Obenchain fire incinerated everything: his home on the property, the farm manager’s cabin, the processing facility for drying the plants and close to two-thirds of his crop. The plants that survived were too damaged to sell, so Wright and his team composted them.“Now it looks like the desert,” Wright said of the farm.Wright, like most marijuana growers nationwide, doesn’t have crop insurance. Because federal law defines marijuana as an illegal, dangerous drug, ...
Airline contractors received CARES Act funding, but still cut jobs
The CARES Act funding approved by Congress for the aviation industry was meant to preserve jobs, but didn’t prevent some layoffs and furloughs by airline contractors, an investigation found.While lawmakers consider another round of federal pandemic aid, they are asking the companies awarded money to stop cutting workers.Atlanta-based DAL Global Services, which does contract work for Delta Air Lines and other carriers, is one of 15 companies that got federal stimulus funding but still furloughed or laid off workers, according to a U.S. House subcommittee investigation of the Payroll Support Pro...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Barry Jackson: Potential situation looms for Heat and Adebayo — and there are major consequences
Nobody can close a deal like Pat Riley, who threw his rings on the table and convinced LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in Miami, then did the same (without any ring throwing or cap space) with Jimmy Butler 15 months ago.But the sales job that now awaits the Heat’s president could be particularly awkward and difficult. It didn’t appear this way months ago, when the Heat looked like a charming young team with a second-round ceiling and badly in need of one more star to compete to make an NBA Finals.The thinking, at that time, was that Miami would easily be able to persuade Bam Ad...
Paramilitaries? Terrorists? What should militia groups be called?
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who last week escaped an alleged militia-backed kidnapping plot when federal and state officials arrested and charged 13 men, says such groups are domestic terrorists.State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says militias are “getting a bad rap,” and composed of people “not uniquely different” from you and me. “They have a real purpose, and I think a sincere purpose,” Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said in a May TV interview, months before Thursday’s charges.Both Whitmer and Shirkey were speaking broadly about private, armed paramilitary organizations, often sel...
Detroit Free Press
Plans to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and overthrow government spoiled, officials say
DETROIT — Federal agents said Thursday they thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the government as well as kidnap and harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a conspiracy that included visits to her home in northern Michigan and training with firearms and explosive devices.The alleged plot mainly involved six conspirators unhappy in part about Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions, calling her a “tyrant.” They wanted to create a “self-sufficient” society free from they called unconstitutional state governments and discussed plans to storm the Capitol and take hostages, according to FBI documents ...
The Detroit News
Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community?
TALENT, Ore. — Late morning on Sept. 8, forest scientist Dominick DellaSala sat at the desk in his home office to do a final edit on a newspaper opinion piece. The topic: The need to better prepare for catastrophic wildfires — or “black swan events” — that can rampage through neighborhoods.His computer screen went dark. The power had gone out.He went outside to investigate the outage. Looking south, he spotted a dense cloud of smoke.“This was totally black. It was huge. And it was heading in our direction,” DellaSala recalls.DellaSala spent the next few hours up on his roof, cleaning out gutte...
The Seattle Times
Missouri reports record number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day Saturday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri reported its largest number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day Saturday, with 32 counted in a 24-hour period, according to the state public health agency.Previously the largest number of deaths recorded in a single day had been 30, on April 24.During the same 24-hour period Saturday, the state reported 1,198 new infections.The latest figures from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services brought the total number of coronavirus deaths in the state to 1,496. The total number of cases was 82,190, with a seven-day positivity rate of 12.2%.The number of hospi...
The Kansas City Star