Collector owns both of Bob Dylan's childhood homes — and his highchair
MINNEAPOLIS — In his teeming Bob Dylan collection, Bill Pagel has more than 15,000 photos, 4,000 concert posters and 18 four-drawer file cabinets filled with manuscripts and ephemera. He owns the Minnesota native’s childhood homes in Duluth and Hibbing, not to mention little Bobby’s highchair.Just don’t ask Pagel to analyze the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s songs, even though he has hundreds of Dylan recordings and bootlegs.“I’m not an expert. I don’t try to see if there’s any hidden meaning. I just enjoy the music,” Pagel said. “I’m a collector. I’m also an archivist and a preservationist. I’m ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Do detainee transfers increase COVID-19 cases? Judge orders ICE to disclose data
MIAMI — A Miami federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration officials to disclose whether the government’s practice of transferring detainees from one facility to another has contributed to a worrying spike in coronavirus cases inside three South Florida detention centers.U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke’s order comes after the Miami Herald reported that COVID-19 cases at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broward County skyrocketed last week after dozens of detainees were transferred there from Miami-Dade.ICE “shall discuss how ICE utilizes transfers and whether ...
Ravenous rats await restaurant-goers after 2 months of food deprivation, CDC warns
NEW YORK — Beware rogue ravenous rats.That’s the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known.In a species evolutionarily adapted to resort to cannibalism during hard times, the CDC is warning of “unusual or aggressive rodent behavior” stemming from their lockdown starvation diet.Last month, rodents were seen resorting to open warfare, cannibalism and eating their young in the wake of shutdowns to restaurants and other food sources that...
New York Daily News
Ex-Dodger Carl Crawford says heart is 'heavy' after two drown in his pool
Retired outfielder Carl Crawford spoke out Saturday, a week after a 25-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy drowned in his backyard pool in Houston.“My Hearts (sic) Heavy,” Crawford wrote on Instagram.“The tragic events that occurred at my home will be with me forever. I’m at a loss for words. I’ve struggled all week to manage my emotions and I keep thinking of the families of those who’ve passed and their grief, I know they have it the hardest. They are the first and last thing I think of these days. Please keep them in your prayers, I know they will always be in mine.”Bethany Lartigue, a prof...
New York Daily News
Federal inmates with COVID-19 in Louisiana continued working for days
WASHINGTON - The union for corrections officers at one of the US federal prisons hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has filed a US Labor Department complaint alleging that prison managers failed to isolate several inmates who tested positive for the illness.The complaint came from a federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, where eight inmates have died of the COVID-19illness caused by the novel coronavirus."These inmates have been allowed to continue normal daily activities for at least four days throughout the institution to include working in their inmate jobs," the American Federation of ...
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Television Q&A: Alfred's origins will be further explored on 'Pennyworth'
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: I would like to know if you have any information on the series “Pennyworth.” Is it returning for a second season, and if so do you know when?A: The “Batman” prequel focusing on the early years of Alfred Pennyworth has been picked up for a second season on Epix. As with many series, its return date is not clear because of the coronavirus pandemic. Production on the second season had begun in February, but by early March it had shut down. An Epix representative said on Wednesday that the series is still on hiatus.Q: A few years ago I watched a Western m...
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Commentary: What if Louis Armstrong had succumbed to the last pandemic?
As we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth remembering that roughly a century ago an influenza pandemic similarly wreaked havoc around the world and swept through the city that invented jazz: New Orleans.Between Sept. 8, 1918 and March 15, 1919, the Crescent City suffered 3,362 influenza-related deaths — almost 1% of New Orleans’ population and twice the national rate, according to the Historic New Orleans Collection, a repository of data and primary-source documentation. Another analysis, from the University of Michigan, tabulates that “between October 1918 and April 1919...
Benjamin Hochman: Blaine Gabbert embraces role as Tom Brady's backup with Bucs
ST. LOUIS — It’s an uncomfortable question to ask, let alone to answer.How do you ask a driven athlete and fierce competitor at sport’s most alpha-dog position about being a backup? Is bringing up he’s a non-starter a nonstarter?You don’t want to offend or imply he’s inferior, but you’ve got to be honest with the question because you want an honest answer.So, here’s the answer from Tom Brady’s backup.“Taking on the role of a backup, your ultimate goal is always to be a starter. But for the time being, being a backup is my role, and I’ve embraced it completely … “ said Tampa Bay Buccaneers quar...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dennis Quaid dishes on his new podcast and favorite films
Dennis Quaid has the right stuff to get through the quarantine.“I’m an actor,” the 66-year-old star said last week from his home in Los Angeles. “I’m used to going months without work.”Despite not being able to show up on set, Quaid is keeping busy these days, launching a new podcast, “The Dennissance,” in which he interviews famous friends like Billy Ray Cyrus and Billy Bush. In the process, he reveals a lot from his own life, including his battle with cocaine addiction.“I feel like if I’m asking my guests to be personal, I have to do the same,” said Quaid, who also contributes a voice to the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'It was set to be a record year': Great Lakes cruise operators buckle up for a rough season in wake of the pandemic
May typically marks the start of the season for cruise vacations on the Great Lakes, a burgeoning segment of the market that was shaping up to have a banner year in 2020.Until the pandemic turned the tourism industry on its head, buzz had been building about Great Lakes cruises — and so had business.The magazine Travel + Leisure dubbed the Great Lakes one of the world’s top 50 spots to visit this year, crediting much of the kudos to the region’s growing cruise offerings. The number of port calls was expected to be way up in 2020, with 11 ships making an estimated 950 stops at dozens of docks f...