Bob Wojnowski: Big Ten football shouldn't pull the plug, just yet
It may seem inevitable, that the pandemic will outflank football and the college season will be lost. It would be the safe, easy call for the Big Ten, to shut it down as the Mid-American Conference did, as some health experts are recommending, and revisit it in the spring.The tough call is to wait a bit longer, to keep testing and learning. I’d make the tough call, for now, and push ahead. I don’t quite understand the rush to finality. More and more players are publicly pleading to play, amid only scattered virus outbreaks inside programs. Schedules were revised and protocols put in place prec...
The Detroit News
Cynthia M. Allen: A different kind of grace: Texas priests serve sick and dying amid virus dangers
Early during the coronavirus pandemic, Father Ray McDaniel found himself in an unusually quiet hospital, there to do something he’d done a hundred times before — administer last rites to a dying man.This time, though, things were a lot different.The patient he was about to bless had a highly contagious virus the world knew little about.Elective surgeries had been halted, as medical professionals were bracing for an onslaught of COVID-19 patients.The hospital hallways were dark and silent.The sense that something overwhelming was about to happen was palpable.For McDaniel, pastor of St. Phillip ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denials
When Jeffrey Epstein took his life in a jail cell one year ago — dozens of his victims feared their hope for justice died with him.The registered sex offender, who made a mockery of the legal process since at least 2007, undermined the law one last time. Using orange sheets tied to the railing of a bunk bed in his cell, Epstein hanged himself, snapping a bone in his neck in three places.The multimillionaire financier’s death triggered a wave of outrage, disappointment, denials and conspiracy theories that continue to this day.“The immediate reaction was disappointment. She and I wanted him ali...
New York Daily News
Teen killed, at least 20 people injured, including cop 'struggling for her life,' in Washington, D.C. shooting
A deadly shooting broke out at a large social gathering in Washington, D.C., early Sunday, killing a teenager and leaving at least 20 people injured, including a police officer, authorities said.At least three people fired weapons shortly after midnight at the get-together in Southeast D.C., where 17-year-old Christopher Brown was killed, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference Sunday.“What happened was it was some kind of dispute,” Newsham said. “Multiple weapons were produced and multiple shots were fired.”Newsham said the D.C. police officer who was shot is now “strugglin...
New York Daily News
Those who know Derek Chauvin say they would not have predicted his killing of George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS — The world met Derek Chauvin, staring ahead impassively with his knee on George Floyd’s neck, through a bystander’s cellphone video shot as sunlight waned on Memorial Day in south Minneapolis.Yet in the nearly two decades before Floyd’s death prompted worldwide outrage, Chauvin was a face in the crowd, patrolling the streets during night shifts in the city’s busy Third Precinct. Now charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s killing, the 44-year-old fired Minneapolis police officer remains an enigma to colleagues and neighbors, and at least one family member who described bei...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Georgia police shot at teens following traffic stop, investigators say
ATLANTA — Members of a South Georgia community are demanding a thorough investigation after Waycross police opened fire on at least two juveniles during a traffic stop Saturday morning.The officer-involved shooting took place about 8 a.m. after police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.Inside the car were five minors, ages 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16, authorities said.As the car approached the children’s home in Waycross, near Walters and Greenwood streets, the three youngest children jumped out and ran, officials said.“A...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Plane makes emergency landing on Florida expressway
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — The 29-year-old pilot of a single-engine plane was able to walk away from an emergency landing on the Sawgrass Expressway in the Coral Springs, Parkland area on Friday night.The Piper PA28-140 Cherokee took-off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport about 9:30 p.m., according to Flightaware.It experienced engine trouble and made the landing in the eastbound lanes just east of the University Drive exit about 10:30 p.m., said the Florida Highway Patrol.“A mechanical issue on the plane affected the flow of fuel and, not being able to return to home base safely, (the pilot) w...
Tropical wave in Atlantic not likely to develop, hurricane center says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A system that formed off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic had a low potential to form into the next tropical depression or tropical storm, but those chances are now gone.“Environmental conditions have become less conducive, and development of this system is no longer anticipated,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. Saturday advisory.Forecasters dropped the tropical wave’s chances of formation to 0% in the next two to five days. Its previous chances were up to 10%.The wave producing a few showers and thunderstorms was last located several hundred miles west-sout...
Remains of missing Marines, sailor recovered from sunken amphibious vehicle
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The remains of seven Marines and a sailor lost when their amphibious vehicle sank near San Clemente Island have been recovered and will be transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for preparation for burial, the Marines said late Friday.The sunken Assault Amphibious Vehicle was also recovered from the sea floor. The sunken vehicle was found Monday in 385 feet of water.“Our hearts and thoughts of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are with the families of our recovered Marines and Sailor,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditiona...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
NC businessman has record of success, but he's drawing fire as new postmaster general
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Louis DeJoy has hosted presidents, built a nationwide business and donated millions to politicians and philanthropies.But he’s never drawn the attention he has since becoming the nation’s postmaster general in June.Critics say the Greensboro businessman already has launched policies that have slowed mail service. They worry that as a major donor to President Donald Trump, he’ll delay delivery of what’s expected to be a flood of absentee ballots that could decide the presidential election.“DeJoy has engineered an unconstitutional assault on our Postal Service from within the o...
The Charlotte Observer