Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in error
WASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department’s World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Mnuchin wrote he was “very pleased to inform” King that the money was wired to the program’s bank account i...
New York Daily News
After their mom died from COVID-19, her kids give a final toast with a beloved, hard-to-find token of her youth: Tab diet soda
CHICAGO — Kathleen Berger died in May from coronavirus-related causes, leaving behind eight kids and a legacy encapsulated by a bright pink soda can.Berger, who was 73, was a voracious consumer of Tab, the saccharin-infused cola known for its distinctive packaging, vaguely metallic taste and aerobic studio vibe. Introduced in 1963 by the Coca-Cola Co., it was once the nation’s dominant diet soda, producing a legion of fans so hard-core they called themselves Tabaholics.But Tab lost its mojo over the decades, surpassed by Diet Coke and other carbonated descendants, and Coke finally dispatched t...
Dan Craig moving on from Heat to become Clippers assistant coach. What it means for Heat.
The Miami Heat’s coaching staff will look different next season.After spending 17 years with the Heat, Dan Craig is moving on to become a Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach on Tyronn Lue’s staff, a league source confirmed to the Miami Herald.The source added the Clippers offered more money and the hope is working as an assistant in one of the NBA’s biggest markets on a team with championship expectations will serve as a pathway to an eventual opportunity for Craig to become a head coach.With Craig’s departure, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is left with a staff that includes assistant coache...
12 things we learned from unpublished 1971 Bob Dylan interview
Bob Dylan changed his surname from Zimmerman because he feared possible anti-Semitism. He didn’t mind being booed at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. And he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand.Those are among the revelations in a previously unpublished 1971 interview he did with his pal Tony Glover, the influential Minneapolis musician, writer and collector. Although Dylan was known for being cagey with the media, he was very straightforward with Glover, whom he knew from their Twin Cities coffeehouse days circa 1959.Rolling Stone has done a deep dive into the three-and-a-half-hour interv...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Red Sox start interviews for new skipper
BOSTON — The Red Sox reportedly have started the process of hiring their next manager.A pair of updates Thursday from MLB.com and The Boston Globe have linked the club with Cubs third-base coach Will Venable and Pirates bench coach Don Kelly.Boston has interviewed both Venable and Kelly, according to each outlet. The Red Sox are coming off a 24-36 season that landed them in last place in the American League East. It marked the fourth time since 2012 that Boston has occupied the division basement, and the club opted not to exercise Ron Roenicke’s team option for 2021.Venable was an outfielder w...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Cholera arrived in Haiti 10 years ago. Victims are still waiting for compensation
It started as rumor: farmers in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley were dying after drinking unchlorinated water from the Artibonite River, becoming dehydrated and suffering severe diarrhea.Haiti’s health ministry, on guard for an outbreak after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake left more than 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless nine months earlier, suspected it could be cholera, the deadly waterborne disease. The representative of the Pan American Health Organization, however, dismissed the possibility. The mortality rate, he told journalists, was too high.Specimens were eventually taken on ...
Michigan border sees 1,700% increase in drug seizures amid pandemic
DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they’ve had an unprecedented year with a 1,700% increase in marijuana seizures and 200% increase in seized firearms during the pandemic.The seizures were conducted by the Detroit Field Office, which oversees the Ambassador Bridge, Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.From Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, drug enforcement operations in Michigan’s five ports netted more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana, 211 pounds of cocaine, more than ...
The Detroit News
Commentary: Trump has consistently harmed workers
It’s been almost four years since Donald Trump was elected president, promising to be the workers’ champion.Instead, he has delivered a series of blows to working people.This includes — but is certainly not limited to — appointing a Labor secretary, Eugene Scalia, whose interests are clearly more aligned with business than with workers; staffing OSHA at its lowest levels in 45 years; rolling back the collection of damages due to workers whose employers commit wage theft; and making it more difficult to hold multiple parties responsible for labor law violations. (This latter effort, recently st...
Tribune News Service
Dave Hyde: The Patriots dynasty is dead — please pass the popcorn
Ali and Frazier. Chris and Martina. Bird and Magic.Brady and Belichick.This is getting fun from afar, isn’t it?It’s easy to say what’s most fun, too. It’s not Tom Brady, at 43, winning in Tampa Bay, as Benjamin-Button-admirable as that is.It’s Bill Belichick losing in New England. And losing. And losing yet again for a third straight Sunday.The only missing element from the Patriots’ wonderful downfall is the TV networks’ shots of owner Bob Kraft. For two decades we were subjected to his high-fives. What, we’re not allowed to see him numb?Rome wasn’t built in a day, but proof it burned in one ...
Student lawsuits asking for COVID-19 refunds pile up against universities
SAN DIEGO — Hands-on learning. Face-to-face interactions. Study sessions in the student union. Workouts in the student gym.That’s what students said they signed up for — and were required to pay for — when they attended universities across the country last spring.But, they argue, it’s not what they got once the coronavirus drove them off campus. And now they want their money back.Class-action lawsuits calling for partial reimbursement of tuition and fees are continuing to amass nationwide — from Ivy League institutions to goliath state university systems to small private colleges — with potent...
The San Diego Union-Tribune