'We're one of the winners in this COVID thing.' A record summer at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Bars couldn’t keep up with the demand for Coors Light. Same with auto dealerships and new cars.Boat dealers had trouble keeping up and construction crews ran out of lumber needed to build new homes. The real estate market heated up so much that buyers made unsolicited multi-million-dollar offers on lakefront homes.And restaurants filled reservations even at odd hours late in the afternoon or night as one of the most uncertain tourist seasons ever at the Lake of the Ozarks turned into a record summer boom.The travel industry was among the first and hardest hit by the c...
The Kansas City Star
Could coronavirus cause a better flu season? Maybe. Here's why.
Flu season is approaching, but some medical experts say it’s possible this year’s may shape up to be milder than initially feared. The unlikely reason? The coronavirus pandemic.As people in many parts of the country protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing face masks, constantly washing and sanitizing their hands, and avoiding school, concerts and other types of indoor gatherings, they’re also inadvertently protecting themselves from influenza.“I think that it is certainly possible that we’ll see a lighter flu season than usual, because people are hopefully taking a lot of precautions to pr...
The Mercury News
Twins wrap-up Chicago road trip in style, beating Cubs 4-0
CHICAGO – Jose Berrios is a stay-at-home kind of guy. He used the Twins’ final road game of the 2020 regular season to try to keep it that way.Berrios shut out the Cubs for six innings, Max Kepler hit his first home run in almost four weeks, and Josh Donaldson contributed two hits and the game’s biggest defensive play. It added up to a 4-0 victory at Wrigley Field, a win that moves the Twins back into a home-field-advantage spot in the AL playoff seeding.The Yankees’ 10-game winning streak ended with a 10-2 loss in Boston on Sunday, and the Twins took advantage, moving one game ahead of New Yo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Deivi Garcia has worst start of big-league career as Red Sox play spoiler and snap Yankees' win streak
BOSTON — After winning 10 straight, the Yankees will have to watch and wait. Rookie Deivi Garcia had the first stinker of his big-league career and the Bombers offense was quieted by a rookie making his major-league debut Sunday as the Red Sox delayed the Yankees entry into the postseason by handing them a 10-2 loss at Fenway.Not only was the Yankees’ longest winning streak since 2012 snapped, but it stopped the Bombers from making franchise history with a 13th straight win over the Red Sox. With nothing much left to play for this season, the Red Sox at least enjoyed being a temporary spoiler....
New York Daily News
Florida corrections department enters controversial immigration agreement with ICE
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections will begin carrying out certain federal immigration enforcement tasks in a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, becoming the latest agency to join a controversial program that immigrant advocates have decried as overreaching.FDC Secretary Mark Inch signed a memorandum with ICE last month that will train and deputize certain corrections officers, giving them the authority to investigate and detain inmates for their immigration status, and share that information with federal immigration authorities. Inch called the n...
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...
Aaron Judge says first failed IL stint was due to his inexperience with calf injuries
Aaron Judge took the blame for his failed rehab. The Yankees slugger, having never dealt with a calf injury before, pushed to come off the injured list last month, only to play six innings of one game and have to go back on the IL.“I think everything was handled correctly, I felt good, nothing I think on my end, nothing on the training staff’s end, we all felt confident about what I was doing,” Judge said Thursday, talking for the first time since returning and playing Wednesday night. “I’ve never had a calf injury before which kind of makes it tough, not really knowing. I’ve had a quad before...
New York Daily News
Census Bureau releases most detailed data ever on same-sex couples
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage, the Census Bureau has released the most detailed data ever on same-sex couples, married and unmarried, in a move welcomed by LGBTQ activists.“Like with so many other marginalized communities, being able to have this data means so much,” said Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager for Equity California, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. Accurate data helps government organizations and nonprofit groups better serve the unique needs of each community, she said.The new data is part of the Census Burea...
The Mercury News
Kristian Winfield: The Nuggets are on top of the world and the Clippers have hit rock bottom
Wow. Just wow.The Denver Nuggets upset the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night. The Nuggets came back from being down 3-1 to punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals. The Nuggets will now prepare for a date with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers — the Clippers are on a date with the sea, because they’ve gone fishing.———— Give Denver its flowersThe Nuggets have won six consecutive elimination games. They trailed 3-1 before coming back and winning the first-round series against the Utah Jazz. They trailed 3-1 again before coming back from double-digit deficits in e...
New York Daily News
Motormouth: An elusive owner's manual
Q: I read the item (about PDF owner’s manuals) with interest. I was in that situation when I bought my 2019 Honda Accord. I wrote to Honda that, when I am on the road and find I need to refer to the manual for example to understand a warning light, I do not want to have to squint at a PDF on my phone to see what’s what. I am not a Luddite, but I want a book I can open, find the index, and find what I need. They printed out a bound manual for me at no charge.M.H., Racine, Wis.A: I too prefer hard copies. I am not a technophobe (and would not have joined a mob trying to burn down a stocking fact...
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