'If they call me, I'm coming:' Former Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton set to graduate med school — in New York
As a student at Tulane University, with one eye on professional baseball and the other trained in the distance on medical school, Mark Hamilton huddled with teammates to outlast one hurricane and was there, packing for evacuation, as Katrina roared toward New Orleans. Almost 15 years later, he sensed a familiar tone in class emails, in warnings, and in the stockpiling of supplies at the hospital, his school, and his New York City neighborhood.It was clear “the storm is brewing,” he said.This time, he’s ready to walk out into it.On Friday, nearly nine years after he last played for the Cardinal...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Court was right to dismiss Pulse victims' lawsuit against city, police, appeals court says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court on Monday sided with a U.S. district judge in throwing out a 2018 lawsuit filed against Orlando and its police department by survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre and family members of those killed.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the appeal of that decision “did not plausibly plead that the City was deliberately indifferent to victims’ constitutional rights.”A statement released by city spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser on the behalf of the City of Orlando and the Police Departme...
They were stranded at sea. Now they're on a docked cruise ship … waiting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise ship passengers still are dealing with fevers, arranging travel to their home countries or waiting for their loved ones who are ill at South Florida hospitals.They’re the final passengers of a cruise ship docked at Port Everglades, and it’s taking longer than anyone expected to get them home amid the coronavirus crisis.Meanwhile, at PortMiami, another cruise ship with sick passengers and two deaths was having its own evacuation issues Tuesday.At Port Everglades, the plan was to get everyone off two Holland America ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, in a matter of ...
Appeals court allows Texas to continue coronavirus abortion ban
AUSTIN, Texas — Overruling a federal judge, a divided appeals court Tuesday gave Texas permission to continue banning most abortions as part of a wider fight against COVID-19.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, said constitutional rights “may be reasonably restricted” to protect the safety of the general public.“That settled rule allows the state to restrict, for example, one’s right to peaceably assemble, to publicly worship, to travel, and even to leave one’s home. The right to abortion is no exception,” Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan wrote for the majority.In lifting a tempora...
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Rand Paul says he has recovered from COVID-19 and is volunteering at a hospitalWearing a smile, a beard and a doctor’s smock, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul posted on his Twitter page Tuesday that he no longer has the coronavirus and is volunteering at a Bowling Green hospital.“I appreciate all the best wishes I have received. I have been retested and I am negative,” Paul said. “I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including coronavirus patients. Together we will overcome this!”Paul, a Bowling Green Republican and an oph...
Tribune News Service
What the Minnesota fishing opener will look like is a question on a lot of minds
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Kruchowski reflected on all the Minnesota fishing openers he has seen as a bait shop owner over the past 32 years.He envisioned past blowouts at his Northwoods Bait & Tackle store in Cook, Minn., where customers lined up 14-deep at the cash register to buy thousands of minnows, crawlers and jumbo leeches. Similar scenes of frenzy across the state are part of a touchstone tradition that sends half a million anglers fanning out across the state from Albert Lea to the Gunflint Trail, and generates millions of dollars for the state’s economy.This year, with COVID-19 infection rat...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
How boring is isolation for Bam Adebayo? He feels his mom is even getting sick of him.
It’s no secret Bam Adebayo is bored with his self-isolated lifestyle.Every day, the Miami Heat post player takes to Twitter to share his “mood,” picking out a GIF or video — usually from a cartoon — to sum up how he and most of the world are feeling these days. “Mood Pt. 25,” posted Monday, was a clip from “SpongeBob SquarePants” of SpongeBob bored in a boating school class. “Mood Pt. 24,” posted Sunday, was a short clip of Kobe Bryant shaking his head and burying his face in his hands.Adebayo is grateful he lives in the same Miami condominium has his mother — he lives on the 48th floor and Ma...
Toilet-paper cakes and more: Illinois museums already seeking coronavirus artifacts
CHICAGO — In the struggle to stay safe and adapt to new, more conscripted realities, it can be easy to forget the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just a challenge to daily existence, it’s a chapter in history.That’s where museums are stepping in. Downstate Illinois, in the suburbs and in Chicago, institutions already are asking people to document their experiences as COVID-19 disrupts norms and sickens fellow citizens.“It’s the realization that we’re in the middle of a historical event. We wanted to get out there and start collecting and preserving it for posterity,” said Erika Holst, curator of hi...
Kings' Bogdanovic, Bjelica and Divac donate supplies to fight coronavirus in Serbia
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three members of the Kings organization are teaming up to donate needed supplies to medical facilities caring for coronavirus patients in their native Serbia.Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica are partnering with general manager Vlade Divac’s foundation — the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation — to fund the purchase of ventilators, medical-grade masks and supplies to support hospitals providing critical care for COVID-19 patients, the Kings said in a news release Tuesday.“I am inspired by all those across the NBA and around the world who have given back to individuals harde...
The Sacramento Bee
They said pets couldn't get the coronavirus, so how did tigers test positive? Vets explain.
Nine lives ago (in February), when the world gawked at photos of Chinese cats wearing masks to ward off the coronavirus, veterinarians elsewhere were quick with reassurance that pets were unlikely to get sick.The vets are still saying that. But with the news Sunday that a Bronx Zoo tiger had tested positive for the virus, the infected-pet scenario no longer seems quite so far-fetched.In addition to Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger with a confirmed infection, six other big cats at the zoo in New York had dry coughs and were presumed infected — prompting other zoos to reexamine their safety m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer