Record hurricane season tallies more than $60 billion in damage, report finds
ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season shattered records across the board of meteorology, but one record it didn’t break was the cost of damages. Regardless, the outlier year is still responsible for a whopping total estimated between $60 billion to $65 billion in damages to the United States, according to an [AccuWeather report\. ]( “AccuWeather’s estimate includes all losses and financial impact to the economy, which are greater than insured losses,” said AccuWeather CEO Joel Myers. The estimate would put the 2020 season as the fifth-costliest storm season of the last 30 years, w...
3 Eddie Van Halen guitars sell for more than $400K at auction
The legend may be dead but his legacy is living on. Three iconic guitars played by rocker Eddie Van Halen have sold for more than a combined $422,000, noted auction house Julien’s Auctions. The priciest one was a customized Kramer electric guitar constructed by Van Halen and technician Matt Bruck, which sold for an astounding $231,250 on Wednesday. The red-bodied instrument featuring red, black and white stripes was presented by Van Halen in 1991 to Bryan Cush, the owner of Cush’s Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Yo — Bryan, let’s get shucked up Eddie Van Halen 5150,” reads th...
New York Daily News
Mitchell Robinson may have edge but will compete with Nerlens Noel to be Knicks' starting center
NEW YORK — Mitchell Robinson is on his third season with his third coach and third mentor, with the same question lingering about whether he’ll finally graduate to New York’s starting center. The Knicks aren’t betrothing starting spots to a roster devoid of All-Stars, and there will certainly be debate at center over Mitchell, the 22-year-old explosive prospect, and new signee Nerlens Noel. Robinson carries the upside but also rawness. David Fizdale and Mike Miller were only comfortable enough to start him 26 games over two seasons, as foul trouble drained his minutes. DeAndre Jordan was taske...
New York Daily News
Florida remains at No. 6 in latest College Football Playoff rankings
Florida remained at No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings revealed Tuesday evening. The top seven teams in the rankings stood pat this week with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State among the top four spots. The Gators (7-1) find themselves in an all-too-familiar spot behind Texas A&M as the Aggies continue their hold on the fifth spot. Playoff chairman Gary Barta said Texas A&M remained ahead of Florida, in part, due to their head-to-head meeting. The Aggies upset the Gators, 41-38, on Oct. 10. “When you go through all those criteria, at the end of the day I would say t...
'Major milestone' in removal of sunken ship off Georgia coast
ATLANTA — Salvage workers on the Georgia coast are set to begin cutting the second section of the Golden Ray, the massive cargo ship that ran aground just over a year ago in the St. Simons Sound, after crews hit a milestone in removal operations this weekend.Onlookers watched Saturday as the bow, brimming with smashed cars and trucks and weighing about 6,600 tons, was cut from the body of the ship and lifted just high enough to allow a custom fitted barge to slide underneath.The section was then moved to a site on the East River where it will be secured for final transit to a recycling facilit...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2020's 'insane' hurricane season is officially over. Is it a sign of things to come?
MIAMI — It was clear way back in mid-September, when the National Hurricane Center had already exhausted its regular list of names and turned to the Greek alphabet, that 2020 would be a hurricane season for the record books.It definitely was that. The season, which formally ends every Nov. 30, produced a stunning 30 named storms — breaking the 2005 record of 28. It was only the second time forecasters resorted to the backup list of names and, as if to punctuate how wild a season it was, that first Greek-letter system, Tropical Storm Alpha, wound up hitting Portugal — the first recorded strike ...
2020: Strangest year of Atlantic hurricane seasons comes to an end
Like pretty much everything this year, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was an abnormality not ever seen before by meteorologists and hurricane specialists.As the official final day of hurricane season — Nov. 30 — arrives, forecasters have tallied 30 named storms, the most ever recorded; the next closest with 28 systems of tropical storm strength or greater was 2005.Both 2005 and 2020 have seen the same number of systems form into a tropical depression or greater — 31 — but systems could still form past Nov. 30, like 2005’s Tropical Storm Zeta that formed on Dec. 30. The NHC continues to mon...
Making a home accessible after a severe injury can be overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s one mom’s advice.
CHICAGO — When Laura Sickel Baumann got the phone call in 2018, she first knew she needed to get her son back to Chicago.He’d been injured in an accident in New Orleans. She eventually arranged a flight back to Chicago, where after surgery, he was taken directly to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to begin rehabilitation.It was the first of many logistical puzzles in caring for her adult son, who suffered a spinal cord injury. Where would he live? How do they get a wheelchair? And how would he wheel it into their Evanston house? When he was finally home, how could they make their house’s interior meet ...
Daniel Neman: What are the best foods in the world?
It’s official: The best traditional food in the world is the margherita pizza.Actually, as such things go, that’s not a bad choice. Everybody loves pizza, and the margherita — just tomato sauce, cheese and basil — has the additional virtue of being simple and pure. Plus, the red, white and green colors are also, not coincidentally, the colors of the Italian flag.A food-based website called TasteAtlas recently published a list of what it claims are the 100 best traditional foods in the world, as ranked by 63,402 votes.Sixty-three thousand four hundred and two votes is not a bad sample, though t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
At age 75, Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke releases a new album with Phish bassist
MINNEAPOLIS — Numbers don’t mean much to [Leo Kottke](For example, this year would have marked his 40th annual [Thanksgiving\-time Twin Cities concert](“The 40th year? I have no calendar recall,” said Kottke. “It’s what Minneapolis/St. Paul is for me (concert-wise). I hate to think of these dark stages. These stages are irreplaceable.”He threw out another number — 52. Because, before the current pandemic, never in the past 52 years had the road warrior been in one place longer than two months.“I’ve fantasized what it must be like to be in one place again,” said Kottke, who settled in Minnesota...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)