How to create a pandemic pod for safe social interaction
Outdoor summer barbecues, socially distanced hikes, and mask-wearing play dates at the park have helped people maintain in-person contact with friends and family during the coronavirus pandemic.But those outdoor gatherings will become less feasible as the pandemic stretches into the fall and temperatures drop, leaving many grasping for an alternative.Enter pandemic pods. Also known as quarantine bubbles or quaranteams, they are becoming increasingly popular among families and extended family as a way to socialize safely.A pandemic pod is a group of friends or families who agree to strict safet...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
MVP Freddie Freeman? Here's how NL candidates compare
The Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman, who began the regular season working his way back into peak condition from a battle with COVID-19, ends it this week as one of the leading contenders for the National League’s Most Valuable Player award.If he wins the award, he would become just the fourth Braves player to be named the league MVP since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966 and the first in 21 years. Dale Murphy won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, and Terry Pendleton and Chipper Jones won the award in 1991 and 1999, respectively.Jones weighed in on Freeman’s candidacy over the wee...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Amid 'indescribable times,' St. Louis homicide rate reaches historic levels
ST. LOUIS — The same scenes play out time and again for St. Louis police Lt. Scott Aubuchon’s homicide detectives when they arrive to investigate another death in the city: yellow police tape, the wails of family and evidence technicians scouring for bullet casings.Aubuchon’s team is struggling to keep up as the city contends with a homicide rate that, by year’s end, likely will be the worst in at least a half-century.The number of killings soared over the summer as detectives were called to 114 homicides in June, July and August. There were 53 people killed in the city in July alone.“Since Ju...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Balancing Act: Kamala Harris' AKA sisters reflect on her historic run for the White House. 'Our ancestors are doing a happy dance right now'
Kia Sutherland’s daughter, Marlowe, 12, has already chosen her sorority.“She’s known she’s going to be an AKA since she could walk,” said Sutherland, who works in medical sales and lives in Chicago’s Oakland neighborhood. “It’s funny because I have to say, ‘Whoa, there.’ She thinks of it as ‘we,’ and I’m like, ‘It’s not we yet. But if you’re so lucky, one day it will be.’ She feels that sense of pride because she’s been surrounded by Alpha Kappa Alpha her whole life, which is very endearing to me.”Sutherland pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergraduate at Hampton University, where she earned ...
When Gotham was Eden: The great wins and good times of a magical year in Big Apple sports
NEW YORK — When the Knicks routed the expansion Seattle SuperSonics by 25 points in the season opener at Madison Square Garden, Oct. 14, 1969, the Mets were two days away from winning the franchise’s first World Series title at Shea Stadium in neighboring Queens.Shea’s football denizens had already done their part to electrify New York City sports fans earlier that year, when the Jets marched to Super Bowl III victory, their brash quarterback Joe Namath guaranteeing the win over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts three nights before the big game.With a young Tom Seaver at the front of a pitch...
New York Daily News
Wanted: Poll workers able to brave the pandemic
WASHINGTON — Dave and Diane Schell, a retired social studies teacher and a retired human resources professional from South Windsor, Connecticut, left their careers in 2015, and have worked the polls at their local precinct every election since. But not this November.The Schells — he’s a Republican, she’s a Democrat — are 68 and 65, respectively, and worried about contracting the coronavirus. They did work the polls during the Connecticut primary in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, but this fall “we decided to follow the (health) recommendations and stay home,” Diane Schell said in a ph...
The Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May marked its opening. Here's what's inside, and why it's in Cape May.
CAPE MAY, N.J. — A year and a half ago, the old parsonage house of the Macedonia Baptist Church on Lafayette Street in Cape May, vacant for decades, was in danger of being torn down.On Thursday, that danger was declared officially over at Lafayette near Franklin Streets, a corner with deep historic resonance for the city’s Black families and for the country’s abolitionist movement.The old Howell House, newly renovated and expanded, was now filled with artifacts of slavery and abolitionist history, and with an African art and history collection from the Rev. Robert Davis, Macedonia’s longtime p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Big Ten football is coming back with 8 games in 8 weeks
CHICAGO — For a while there, it looked as if Big Ten football would produce only one score this fall: 11-3.As in, 11 schools voted to postpone fall sports and three (Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa) dissented.But after weeks of criticism and cajoling from the likes of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Iowa football parents, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and President Donald Trump, the Big Ten crossed the 1-yard line — as Trump alluded to in a tweet.The conference announced its restart Wednesday, declaring a unanimous vote an intention to start playing Oct. 23-24 with a slate of eight games ove...
Senators condemn Trump administration for sending Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans back
Several Democratic senators called on the Trump administration to stop “egregious” policies denying asylum and sending people fleeing dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua back to their countries to face retaliation.“The Administration’s policies to expel and endanger refugees and asylum seekers from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and other countries send a message of callousness, cruelty, and disregard for human rights that feeds our adversaries’ agenda to cast doubt on the United States’ exceptional role as a beacon of freedom and democracy,” Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Dick Durbin, D-I...