Bryce Miller: For ex-San Diego State kicker Andy Trakas, pain of missed kicks shapes larger legacy
SAN DIEGO — In Principal Andy Trakas’ office at Albert Einstein Academies, two pictures hang on a back wall. One is a shot from the 1964 classic “Zorba the Greek.” The other, an intoxicating seascape of the country’s island gem Santorini.As a kid, Trakas washed pots and pans at Troy’s Greek Restaurant — his family’s business tucked along Mission Gorge. The son of Greek immigrants now oversees the brightly appointed charter school built from the dusty bones of the old Bay View Medical Center in Grant Hill.Each weekday since the coronavirus health crisis shut down schools and isolated families, ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Amazon execs, in leaked memo, sought to tar fired employee who organized coronavirus walkout
As Amazon grapples with coronavirus infections among workers at a growing number of its facilities, senior leaders sought to discredit the organizer of a walkout in New York this week, according to an internal memo.Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky, in notes from a meeting of top executives circulated within the company and leaked to VICE News, called walkout organizer Chris Smalls — who was fired earlier this week — “not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us vs. him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time ho...
The Seattle Times
GM snubbed by White House in column about ventilator production
On the same day that General Motors started training workers to build life-saving ventilators, the White House snubbed the automaker in a public column.White House official Peter Navarro wrote about the administration’s push to get more ventilators to hospitals for people with coronavirus in a column in USA Today.Navarro is the assistant to President Donald Trump for trade and manufacturing and is the coordinator of the Defense Production Act policy.He wrote that the administration is “moving swiftly in Trump Time to address a significant shortage of these lifesavers” in reference to the much-...
Detroit Free Press
Here comes another cruise ship with coronavirus — but this one won't dock in Fort Lauderdale yet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard won’t allow Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, which has 12 people aboard who’ve tested positive for the new coronavirus, to dock in Port Everglades for the time being, a port spokeswoman confirmed Friday.Miami-based Carnival Corp., which owns the ship, had already decided not to head for Broward before the Coast Guard decision, said Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy.The decision comes a day after two Holland America ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, were allowed to dock in Broward County, with scores of passengers reporting flu-like symptoms...
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
New streaming service Quibi offers short-and-sweet TV
No one could accuse Jeffrey Katzenberg of thinking small. As chairman of Walt Disney Studios, he spearheaded megahits like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.” He later co-founded DreamWorks, focusing on its animation division that churned out “Shrek” and “Madagascar” movies.But his latest project, Quibi, seems about as far from those big-screen projects as you can get.The new streaming service specializes in short-form storytelling for cellphone viewing. Among the 50 shows available when the service debuts Monday: Chrissy Teigen’s take on “The People’s Court,” a modern adaptation of “T...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: The rationing of human worth
It seems like a lot of NBA basketball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m glad none of them have gotten deathly ill, and I’m particularly glad that no members of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team, are said to be sick.I figure this greatly increases the odds that I’ll get the treatment I need to recover if I get sick and have to go to the hospital. I figure if a power forward and I show up in the emergency room at the same time and the doctors perceive that they can only treat one of us, I’m a goner.I mean, he’s a prime specimen. He might even have a shoe deal. And I’m just ...
Tribune News Service
Does wearing a mask in public help slow the spread of COVID-19? Signs point to yes.
CHICAGO — For weeks, officials from the White House to Chicago’s City Hall told people that wearing a face mask in public isn’t necessary as the novel coronavirus spread — and that it could even cause more harm than good.But other countries took a different route, especially some Asian nations — including South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore — where mask wearing became common practice. In Europe, the Czech Republic went so far as to require that people wear masks when they venture from their homes. Public health officials in those nations contend that widespread mask use limited the scope of t...
Jeff Mauro co-hosting 'quarantine edition' of Food Network's 'The Kitchen' from his Chicago-area home
Saturday’s episode of “The Kitchen” will look different — and not just because co-host Jeff Mauro said he filmed the episode while sporting “quite a gross mustache.” The Food Network show’s first “quarantine edition” will feature the five co-hosts cooking separately at their respective homes, instead of together at a New Jersey studio, because of coronavirus.Mauro makes crispy skin salmon Provencal with charred red cabbage salad in his suburban Chicago kitchen. The dish sounds fancy, but Mauro said it was made with items pulled from his pantry.“Luckily we had enough salmon frozen that we could...
Incarcerated Florida rapper YNW Melly says he has tested positive for coronavirus
MIAMI — YNW Melly, the South Florida rapper who remains behind bars in Broward County jail on double murder charges, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The “Mixed Personalities” artist shared the news via his Instagram account Thursday evening.“He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please,” the caption read.The announcement came few hours after the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two unidentified inmates tested positive for COVID-19.Born Jamell Demons, Melly has been imprisoned since mid-February 2019 when Miramar police ar...