YouTube TV effectively drops the Cubs' Marquee network before ever carrying it
CHICAGO — If you’re wondering why streaming service YouTube TV has yet to cut a deal with Marquee Sports Network, now you have an answer.YouTube TV said Thursday its negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group to carry Sinclair’s regional sports networks are at an impasse, and it plans to drop the 20-plus channels it carries this weekend.With Sinclair being the Cubs’ partner in Marquee, the channel that launched last weekend effectively has been dumped before the subscription streaming service from Google parent Alphabet ever picked it up.These standoffs are rarely permanent, but they can stret...
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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for book fraud schemeBALTIMORE — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades, was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow described Pugh’s crimes as “astounding” and said she took advantage of a career spent doing good works to mislead organizations who purchased her “Healthy Holly” books.“I have yet, frankly, to hear any explanation that makes sense,” the judge said. “This was not a...
Tribune News Service
FTC sues to block Philadelphia hospital merger
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it will sue to block Thomas Jefferson University’s acquisition of Einstein Healthcare Network, a deal that has been pending since September 2018, alleging that the combination would reduce competition and raise prices in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.“Jefferson and Einstein have a history of competing against each other to improve quality and service, including by upgrading medical facilities and investing in new technologies,” the FTC said in a statement. “The proposed merger would eliminate the robust competition between Jefferson and Eins...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Washington agency rejects Facebook settlement, refers campaign ad violation charge to AG's office
SEATTLE — Washington’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law.Instead of accepting the rather modest settlement — a proposed $75,000 fine for the $550-billion company and no admission of guilt — the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) referred the matter to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson for further investigation.It’s the second time in a little more than a year that Ferguson’s office will look into Facebook for allegedl...
The Seattle Times
Tourism to Cuba drops significantly, official figures show
The number of tourists and Cuban Americans visiting Cuba fell almost 20% in January compared to the same period last year, according to official figures published Thursday by the National Bureau of Statistics and Information. The most drastic fall in the figures was in the case of American visitors, which dropped almost 70%.During the first month of the year, the island received 95,856 fewer visitors than in that month in 2019, a reduction of 19.6 percent. Visitors from the United States fell by 68.8 percent. Cuban Americans traveled 12% less than the previous year.“It’s a very big fall,” Cuba...
Jeffrey Epstein killed himself to shield fortune from victims, attorney argues
Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself to protect his $577 million estate from victims of his sadistic sex trafficking operation, an attorney argued in new legal papers Thursday.Lawyer Brad Edwards, who represents an Epstein victim using the pseudonym Katlyn Doe, examined the timeline of Epstein’s suicide in a memo filed in Manhattan Federal Court. Edwards wrote that he should be allowed to probe the reasons for Epstein’s suicide because he believed the multimillionaire pervert knew it would be difficult for victims to bring punitive damages claims once he was dead.“In this situation where he was calc...
New York Daily News
Disney World announces new dining plan
Walt Disney World Resort announced Thursday it had introduced a new Disney Dining Plan option for guests staying at qualifying hotels.The Disney Dining Plan Plus allows visitors to prepay for meals and eat at dining establishments throughout Disney World’s four theme parks, hotels and select locations at Disney Springs.The new plan offers guests two meals per night during their stay, redeemable at table service restaurants, quick service locations, character dining experiences or a combination to provide more flexibility.Travelers who sign up for the plan will also be eligible for two snacks p...
BP pulls out of regional oil trade organization over differences on carbon pricing, fuel standard
Fossil fuel giant BP announced it was leaving the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a powerful oil and gas lobbying group in statehouses, over the association’s position on carbon pricing and its opposition to a low-carbon fuel standard being considered now in Olympia.The oil company said in a news release that its policies no longer aligned with WSPA and that the differences could not be reconciled.Environmentalists hope BP’s departure will weaken the influence of WSPA in Washington state, where it has opposed the clean fuel standard and other climate policies. In 2018, BP spent ne...
The Seattle Times
YouTube TV puts Padres fans in dark, drops Fox Sports San Diego
Cord-cutters in San Diego are losing another avenue to follow the Padres.YouTube TV on Thursday announced it will no longer offer Fox Regional Sports Networks, including Fox Sports San Diego, on its menu of channels.The change goes into effect beginning Feb. 29 after YouTube TV announced on Twitter that it was unable to reach a distribution agreement with Sinclair, which purchased most of the Fox Regional Sports Networks from Disney for more than $10 billion last year.YouTube TV is the third major streaming service to drop Fox Regional Sports Networks since the Sinclair purchase, according to ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tiny homes, big ideas: Finding a place for downsized dwellings
Nestled in a wooded RV park south of Atlanta, Larry Singleton’s home stands out. With its beige wooden siding, exterior shutters and a metal roof, it’s technically not an RV. This is a tiny home.Singleton lives his life in just 230 square feet, and at the forefront of what he sees as a growing real estate trend.“I absolutely love it,” said Singleton, 67. “I have everything I need here.”Construction is starting this month in Clarkston, Ga., on what developers said is the first “tiny home neighborhood” in the state: eight smaller-than-normal houses sharing a half-acre lot and surrounding a commo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution