Tropical Storm Beta remains at a standstill in Gulf Coast; Hurricane Teddy expected to grow, aims for Bermuda
ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continued to monitor several storms across the Atlantic basin Saturday, including Hurricane Teddy, and Tropical Storms Beta and Wilfred.Tropical Storm Beta, named using the Greek alphabet after Wilfred took up the last name in the “2020 hurricane season list,” has been stationary in the Gulf Coast for the past several hours, according to the NHC’s latest report.As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Beta was located 320 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 245 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with sustained winds of 60 mph, moving west at 2 mp...
Tropical storm names now will be Greek letters for first time since 2005
Tropical storms have blown through 2020’s predetermined A-W names and now must use Greek letters — a practice required only once before, during the record-breaking 2005 season that included Hurricane Katrina.Meteorologists gave the last English-alphabet name, Tropical Storm Wilfred, to the 21st storm of the 2020 season Friday, exhausting the list.They were then were forced to give the 22nd storm, brewing in the east Atlantic north of Lisbon, the more mundane moniker Subtropical Storm Alpha.The only other time naming spilled into the Greek alphabet was Oct. 23, 2005, when that year’s Tropical S...
New York Daily News
Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on
WASHINGTON — When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it will become one of the smallest U.S. cities to embrace a policy once seen as far-fetched or radical.“Basic-income” programs — designed to dole out direct cash payments to large swaths of people, no strings attached — were, until earlier this year, largely the realm of Washington, D.C., policy wonks and West Coast futurists.But amid the pandemic and a global recession, both basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum, surfacing everyw...
Fantasy football Week 2: Start and sit
Week 1 of the NFL season offered much to dissect. Here’s a recap of last week’s games, followed by Week 2’s best bets:———WEEK 1 RECAPChiefs 34, Texans 20: The most interesting thing about rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s debut — besides the 138 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown — was he didn’t receive a single target (he’s an exceptional receiver). Kansas City’s offense didn’t need another playmaker.Cardinals 24, 49ers 20: The only quarterbacks I have ranked above Kyler Murray (321 total yards, two total touchdowns against a good Niners defense) going forward are Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Ja...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tech Q&A: Cloud storage can help you recover from a hacked PC
Q: We use Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive to continuously back up the files on our two computers. If our computers were infected with malware or suffered a ransomware attack (in which files are encrypted until you pay a ransom), would these cloud backup services be affected, too?Also, can I recover cloud-based files that I accidentally delete?—Doug Johnson, St. Louis ParkA: If your PC is attacked by malware or ransomware, your damaged or encrypted files would be automatically backed up to Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive, making the problem worse.But it would be only a temporary setback,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: When I almost died: My days battling coronavirus and what I remember the most
CHICAGO — Last week, when I read my own obituary, I remembered the first time I almost died. It was a cold December morning in 1963 when I fell through and under the ice covering the south edge of the Lincoln Park lagoon and was rescued by my younger brother Mark and our friend Ty Bauler and we made it home and life went on.The next time I almost died was when I was reporting a story for the Sun-Times and had a pistol shoved in my chest by a drug dealer on the West Side on an April night in 1981. His finger moved against the trigger. The gun clicked but did not fire. I turned and ran east on M...
Pelosi calls for probe of conditions at Georgia immigration detention center
ATLANTA — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Trump administration Tuesday to investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging deplorable conditions at a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia.Filed by a coalition of advocacy groups with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the 27-page complaint alleges a high number of hysterectomies have been performed on detainees held at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.It also accuses the center of refusing to test symptomatic detainees for COVID-19, failing to distribute personal protecti...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brad Biggs' Week 2 NFL rankings
Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 2 of the 2020 season see the Arizona Cardinals make a big move up and the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers drop.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 1-0 (1)Add rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to this offense and look out. All he did was ramble for 138 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Texans. Wait until he starts catching passes out of the backfield.2. Ravens 1-0 (2)Lamar Jackson can win himself another MVP award if he plays the Browns every week. He got off to a heck of a start after his superlative season, completing 20 of ...
Chicago Uber driver 'very lucky' after car is shot up and passenger killed
CHICAGO — Jazib Aqeel couldn’t stop his hands from shaking as he touched the bullet hole in his car, just above the driver’s seat.Two more bullets went through the back windshield. More than 15 through the back driver-side window. Blood covered the black backseat coverings.“You’re very lucky. Very lucky,” a detective said to him.About four hours earlier, around 12:45 a.m. Monday, Aqeel drove to the 1200 block of West Leland Avenue in the Sheridan Park neighborhood to pick up his last passenger of the night.Aqeel, 32, has been a full-time Uber driver since September after working part-time sinc...
Tropical Depression Rene dissolves; Hurricane Sally strengthens in Gulf of Mexico
MIAMI — As Hurricane Sally crept toward a very wet landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, two tropical storms formed and one tropical depression dissolved Monday.That left four named storms in the Atlantic, two disturbances to watch and only one name left on the hurricane center’s alphabetic list for the season. After Wilfred, storms will be named after Greek letters.Sally rapidly became a Category 2 hurricane Monday afternoon, and forecasters warned it could strengthen further before landfall. But the real devastation could be in flooding. The hurricane center predicted that Sally could swamp Louisi...