'Running is not canceled.' But the Chicago Marathon is smaller, quieter and virtual because of the pandemic.
CHICAGO — After concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic canceled marathons around the world, Chicago runners re-imagined the traditional 26.2-mile route this weekend, with groups across the city embarking on “virtual” and socially distanced runs.Greg Hipp, executive director of the Chicago Area Runners Association, said virtual marathons emerged after it became clear that mass gatherings would be canceled because of the pandemic.“Virtual marathons let people run from anywhere,” he said. “It allows you to run and still reach your goals even though the marathons have been canceled.”Virtual marathon...
Coast Guard stops two separate migrant boats off the Keys this week
MIAMI — Twenty people from Cuba were stopped at sea off the Florida Keys this week in two separate attempts to enter the United States, the Coast Guard said Saturday.The Coast Guard returned them to Cuba later in the week.Coast Guard crews with Station Islamorada and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations stopped a 27-foot cabin cruiser about 19 miles south of Long Key in the Middle Keys Tuesday.There were 13 people on board, according to a Coast Guard press release. Two of them were taken to shore to Homeland Security Investigations agents, and the 11 others ...
Heidi Stevens: I don't know whether empathy and hope will carry Joe Biden to the White House, but they're a port in the storm this week
It’s hard to say whether any of this will work out for the Democrats in November.Whether the picture they’re painting of America at this week’s Democratic National Convention — one of bipartisan friendships and abiding humanity and racial inclusivity — will swing enough undecided voters over to their column.Whether the promise of a first family who is bound by shared loss and has weathered tremendous grief will convince enough voters that their own challenges, their own suffering, would be heard and mitigated by a Joe Biden White House.Whether Ashley Biden’s teenage years inspiring Jill Biden ...
Oh no, here we go again: Atlantic hurricane season
Marathon (United States) (AFP) - Listen closely and you'll hear the groan of collective dread in Florida and the Caribbean: yes, it's already hurricane season again.Both places were pummeled last year by monster storms and both -- in the case of Florida it was the plume of once-lovely coral islands known as the Florida Keys -- are still struggling to rebuild."If a storm comes through, we're screwed," said Cindy P., a 48-year-old waitress who lives in the Keys and explained houses in the area weren't yet prepared.In the Caribbean, hit by two hurricanes in rapid-fire succession in September, the...