Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There were times throughout the negotiations between the players’ union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.And it’s still there.“Absolutely. I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller said. “We’re here, but I’m from Florida – I read my local every day and I think we’re over 10,000 (coronavirus) cases again. By no means is this a slam d...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As a players union leader, Nets' Garrett Temple wants to seize the moment
NEW YORK — Garrett Temple remembers the day Trayvon Martin’s killer was set free.He was in Los Angeles, when George Zimmerman — a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida, who claimed self-defense after shooting and killing the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin — was acquitted on murder charges.That day, Temple says, wildly differs from the climate in America in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.“It was really my first time just hanging out in LA, and it made me angry that it was so foreign to so many people, or people just didn’t even pay attention to it,” Temple said on a conference ...
New York Daily News
'A lose-lose situation': Schools try to plan their reopening amid conflicting coronavirus guidelines
PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education.By Wednesday, Lavender had spent days, nights, and a weekend scouring every page three times, trying to figure out how he could safely meet social distancing, masking, and health requirements — to say nothing of teaching and learning.“It’s almost an untenable task,” said Lavender, superintendent of the Kingsway Regional School District.After an abrupt transition this spring to ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dominion canceling controversial natural gas pipeline across Virginia
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dominion Energy is pulling the plug on its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline crossing Virginia.The decision comes in tandem with a major strategic shift out of the energy giant’s multi-billion-dollar investment in a gas transmission business with operations as far away as Wyoming.Dominion wants to focus on its regulated electric and natural gas utilities and its push to net zero carbon emissions, chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Farrell said Sunday, announcing the $9.7 billion sale of the company’s gas pipeline operations to Warren Buffett’s Berk...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
41 shot Saturday night in NYC with at least 4 dead in citywide explosion of gun violence
NEW YORK — New York City turned into the Wild West as a series of shootings claiming four lives and injuring 37 others erupted amid Fourth of July celebrations.The shocking wave of violence came as the city was reeling from ongoing anti-police brutality protests, weeks of lockdown orders prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and soaring summer temperatures. Adding to the chaotic atmosphere, illegal fireworks exploded in all five boroughs throughout the night.In the first fatal shooting of the night, Jose Cepeda, a young father, was blasted in the chest a little after midnight Sunday in East New...
New York Daily News
Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler said his status for the season is uncertain as he awaits birth of child
PHILADELPHIA — Zack Wheeler arrived last week to Philadelphia, days before he was scheduled to report to Citizens Bank Park for the start of summer camp. He spent the majority of baseball’s three-month shutdown in Georgia, throwing five times a week and facing hitters to make sure his right arm — the one in which the Phillies invested $118 million last offseason — was ready for whenever the season started.The season, even one shortened to just 60 games, brings great expectations upon a player signed to the richest free-agent contract for a pitcher in franchise history. But now, less than three...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Man's coronavirus death raised questions about care for disabled, advocates say
AUSTIN, Texas — Disability rights advocates on Saturday evening gathered in front of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to remember a man whose coronavirus-related death has divided family members yet sparked a public conversation about care given to those with disabilities.Michael Hickson, 46, died June 11 at St. David’s after being admitted a week earlier. Hickson, who became quadriplegic after a heart attack three years ago, was transferred to St. David’s from another facility as he battled pneumonia in both lungs, a urinary tract infection and sepsis.He experienced multiple organ fail...
Seattle protester dies after driver plows car through crowd
A 24-year-old person who had been marching in a Black Lives Matter protest died Saturday night, less than a day after they were hit by a car that drove the wrong direction into the Seattle crowd.Summer Taylor was protesting along the freeway near the Olive Way overpass with a group when a driver rammed into them around 1:40 a.m. Sunday, according to KIRO.Taylor and 32-year-old Diaz Love were both hit and hospitalized. Love remains in serious condition in the ICU at Harborview Medical Center.The anti-police brutality, anti-racism marches have been crossing the freeway for several weeks and loca...
New York Daily News
Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He’ll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He’ll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He’ll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he must do everything he can to protect himself from this hard truth: As we age, our body’s elegant symphony of immune cells turns dissonant. We may feel fine. But our hidden defenses no longer fully shield us — and may turn against us.As COVID-19’s case coun...
The Mercury News
What asylum stories teach us about the US response to racial justice protests
SAN DIEGO — When immigration attorney Elizabeth Lopez saw videos of police across the United States shoving protesters, shooting them with less-lethal rounds and tear gassing them in recent weeks, she messaged her asylum clients, worried they might get retraumatized.Many immigration attorneys — and the asylees they have represented — see the repressive and violent tactics that law enforcement officers have used across the country to shut down protests against police brutality that particularly affects the Black community as the kinds of human rights abuses that the United States criticizes in ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune