Can harm reduction, the philosophy that stems HIV transmission and heroin overdoses, help curb a Thanksgiving COVID-19 meltdown?
CHICAGO — Millions of Americans appear set to defy government guidance to stay home this Thanksgiving, disregarding the growing peril of COVID-19 to gather with distant loved ones. To Erica Ernst, it is a familiar scenario.She is president of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a group that tries to minimize the odds of HIV transmission and drug overdose through harm reduction, which aims to minimize the danger of risky behavior rather than try to stop it altogether.Ernst said this phase of the pandemic reminds her of the early days of the HIV crisis, when people lapsed into denial, fatalism or exh...
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
How Hollywood turned a teenager's life into a Disney movie with 'Clouds'
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Baldoni dreamed of making “Clouds” in Zach Sobiech’s hometown.But when it became financially impractical to shoot in the St. Paul suburbs where the late musician inspired the world with songs and courage, the director insisted on the next best thing: Bring Minnesota to Montreal.More than a year before the film’s Friday premiere on Disney+, movers rolled into the Sobiechs’ driveway in Lakeland and packed up half of Zach’s bedroom, including Minnesota Vikings jerseys, guitars, pillowcases, a buffalo doll nearly ripped apart by the family’s dog and the red plaid shirt the tee...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Inter Miami can move into playoff picture with a road win against Montreal on Saturday
MIAMI — Lewis Morgan and his Inter Miami teammates are fully aware of what most fans were thinking after Wednesday’s 1-1 tie against Atlanta United.How could Inter Miami have outshot Atlanta 21-3 and not won that game?“When you beat a team 21 to 3 on chances, usually you would say ‘Oh, that team must have won,’” Morgan said Friday, as the team prepared for Saturday’s road game against the Montreal Impact. “One thing I would say is huge credit to Atlanta for the way they were putting bodies in the line. It’s not that we were missing clear-cut chances. They defended well.”The more pressing quest...
Fin Argus plays cancer-stricken teen in new Disney Plus movie 'Clouds'
CHICAGO — Fin Argus, a native of Des Plaines, Illinois, was a teenager when he came across the 2012 song “Clouds,” written and performed by Zach Sobiech, a Minnesota teen battling a rare bone cancer.“I loved the song,” Argus, 22, told the Tribune. “I even went so far as to start learning it on the guitar, but at the time, I was like, I don’t know if this sounds good with my voice. Fast forward to seven years later, I got the audition for this movie. It just seemed sort of meant to be.”Argus plays Zach in the new movie “Clouds,” which is scheduled to drop Friday on Disney Plus. Zach wrote and r...
Many Canadian snowbirds are delaying Florida visits until COVID-19 eases
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As if COVID-19 hasn’t done enough damage to South Florida’s tourism industry, many Canadians who for years have wintered in the Sunshine State are having second thoughts about migrating south unless the pandemic shows signs of abating.“There are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are on the sidelines planning not to visit Florida this year due to COVID,” said Alain Forget, who heads sales and business development at RBC Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada.Their decision, he said, is contingent on how much longer the U.S.-Canadian border remains shut or if Flo...
There is no mystery about the charm of the real 'Three Pines'
KNOWLTON, Quebec — Louise Penny adores her adopted village of Knowlton in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. And she’s delighted that her Three Pines mystery series has inspired fans to make the trek southeast from Montreal, searching for sites mentioned in her books and hoping, magically, to stumble into the real Three Pines.In reality, Knowlton and surrounding towns seem more than happy to embrace the celebrity status gained via their most famous resident. “Bienvenue a Three Pines,” welcome signs on business doors say. Brome Lake Books, owned by Danny McAuley and Lucy Hoblyn, Penny’s close friends,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
More precipitation, warmer temps upend life along Lake Ontario
SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio.Water spilled across the wooden deck, a sun-soaked spot popular with beachgoers and boaters, taking aim at the kitchen and the bar.“All of a sudden, water’s coming through the floors, through the walls, flooding the restaurant,” Frank said. “You’re fighting to survive.”Frank’s restaurant was one of many businesses and homes that suffered flood damage in Sodus Point, an upstate New York town of about 900 on Lake On...
Trudeau condemns toppling of statue of Canada's first prime minister
Montreal (AFP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday condemned the weekend toppling of a statue of Canada's first prime minister in Montreal by anti-racism activists, saying a focus on improving society today, and not historical wrongs, will best advance the fight for equality.John A. Macdonald was prime minister of Canada for 19 years between 1867 and 1890, and has been applauded by historians for nation building but also criticized for the forced assimilation of indigenous peoples, described in a 2015 commission's report as "cultural genocide."His bronze likeness, erected in the downtown...
Cirque du Soleil accepts purchase offer from creditors
Montreal (AFP) - Canadian cultural icon Cirque du Soleil -- currently under court bankruptcy protection -- accepted a purchase offer from its creditors Thursday, which will serve as a minimum bid for an investors auction in August. The creditors "would acquire substantially all of the Company's assets" in the agreement, according to a statement from the global entertainment giant. The new agreement replaces the arrangement that Cirque du Soleil and its current shareholders -- American TPG, Chinese Fosun and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) -- made in late June. The Montreal-based ...