Kansas Speedway to play host to series of July NASCAR races. For now, no fans allowed.
NASCAR’s big annual spring race weekend at Kansas Speedway, postponed May 30-31 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has new dates this summer … and much of the action will take place at night under the lights.Speedway officials announced Thursday that the track in Kansas City, Kan., will play host to three days of racing July 23-25 — five races in four series over three days.The premier race of the weekend will be the NASCAR Cup Series Kansas 400 — but rather than close out the three-day run, as the marquee event typically would, it will kick it off, taking place on Thursday evening, Jul...
The Kansas City Star
Sam Mellinger: The adults in charge of professional baseball are screwing this up for all of us
The full list of baseball’s mistakes and transgressions is too long to list here, even for a sportswriter who often traffics in long lists.The health and financial consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have touched all aspects of American life. Baseball isn’t the only business navigating unprecedented challenges, and ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality have put sports in their proper place.But within baseball there’s a growing frustration in the pace and style with which the sport is navigating a possible return in 2020.Some remain optimistic — “I’ll see you at a g...
The Kansas City Star
Restricted free agent Robby Fabbri 'couldn't be happier' with Red Wings, wants to stay
DETROIT — Robby Fabbri has been through this before. Twice, actually. So Fabbri understands how to get through a long period of time without playing hockey.Fabbri suffered serious knee injuries to his left ACL, during consecutive years in 2017-18, which cost Fabbri 20 months of hockey during rehabilitation.No hockey, no skating. So now, as the pandemic has snuffed the Red Wings’ season, and pushed back next season until December or January, Fabbri knows to handle the pause better than most.“I was off for quite a while,” Fabbri told The Detroit News, talking about his knee woes from February 20...
The Detroit News
AMC Theatres has 'substantial doubt' about its future viability because of the pandemic
The financial viability of AMC Theatres appears at risk after executives warned investors of “substantial doubt” about the company’s ability to continue through the coronavirus pandemic.With its screens shuttered for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kansas City-based chain has lost practically all revenue. The chain previewed its first quarter earnings Tuesday morning, predicting a net quarterly loss of $2.1 billion to $2.4 billion.In an SEC filing, the company said it could not be certain it would have access to enough capital to continue paying its bills through the pandemic. ...
The Kansas City Star
US Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach's signature Kansas voter registration law
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach — struck down by lower courts — that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially historic showdown over voting rights if the court takes the case, with the justices possibly deciding how far states can go in imposing requirements on would-be voters.The case could hang over an election season in which the pandemic has elevated concerns over...
The Kansas City Star
Seattle area corporations respond to protests over police brutality with messages of solidarity, but few specifics
Seattle-area corporate giants lined up to decry racially motivated violence as protests denouncing police brutality against Black Americans have swept through the Seattle area and across the nation in the last week.As demonstrators filled city blocks to decry the killing of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, Amazon tweeted a message of solidarity with the Black community. Starbucks and Nordstrom called for “courageous conversations” around race. Microsoft pointed to its past support for criminal justice reform. “Racism has no home here,” Zillow tweeted.Major companies typically...
The Seattle Times
'Mayhem': 4 police officers shot during long night of violence and destruction in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — Four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis early Tuesday, as a day of peaceful protests turned into a violent and destructive night in the city.Early in the day, hundreds of people gathered across the St. Louis region again Monday to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while Floyd was detained.But tensions rose after the sun fell in downtown St. Louis.Just after midnight, four officers, all men, were shot near 16th and Olive streets. All four are conscious, and their in...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Philly's David Corenswet is making it in Netflix's 'Hollywood'
PHILADELPHIA — David Corenswet’s first review in his hometown paper was a single line.Corenswet, The Inquirer reported in April 2004, “is fine as the oddly named Great” in “The Forgiving Harvest,” a family drama at People’s Light & Theatre Company in which the then-12-year-old played a boy whose stepfather wanted to buy part of a family’s farm.“To be described as fine, that’s pretty (good),” said Corenswet, now 26, with a laugh in a recent phone interview — one punctuated by the occasional yowls of his 17-year-old cat, Fred.Corenswet is starring in Ryan Murphy’s new 1940s-set Netflix miniserie...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jury trials begin again, carefully, as communities reopen
PORTLAND, Ore. — On a drizzly spring day in mid-May, potential grand jurors lined up 6 feet apart outside the Multnomah County Courthouse.Raincoats and umbrellas dripping, they filed one by one into the courthouse and through a metal detector, all the while maintaining appropriate social distance from court employees. Most visitors wore masks, which the court encouraged and made available for free but did not require. Nearly all court employees wore face coverings.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, had issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19 nearly two months before, and it...
Thousands gather at Minnesota governor's mansion to protest George Floyd's death
MINNEAPOLIS — Monday evening, thousands of peaceful protesters began walking their cause down St. Paul’s Summit Avenue, moving from the Minnesota governor’s mansion and heading to the State Capitol.The crowd demanded that all four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd be jailed and prosecuted.While at the mansion, around 30 St. Paul police officers on the outskirts of the crowd took a knee, which drew criticism from organizers who asked them to leave. As they started chanting, “What’s his name? George Floyd!” black Officer Antwan Denson shed tears.But speakers said it was too little...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)