NASCAR Truck bounty: The stakes just got higher for Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Redemption for Chase Elliott could come before Wednesday night’s Cup Series race. The No. 9 driver will face off against Kyle Busch in a Truck event Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.A monetary incentive will accompany personal pride for the race winner, according to Kevin Harvick, who announced Tuesday that the bounty for any full-time Cup Series driver to beat Busch in a Truck race is still in place for Tuesday’s race.“The bounty is still on for tonight’s @NASCAR — Trucks race,” Harvick tweeted Tuesday morning with an update on the terms.“However, in the current environme...
The Charlotte Observer
Ex-Chicago cop who kidnapped, robbed drug dealers ordered released from prison 6 years early due to COVID-19 threat
CHICAGO — Corrupt Chicago narcotics cop Glenn Lewellen, convicted of teaming up with a vicious gang member to kidnap and rob other drug dealers, has been ordered released from prison more than six years early due to the threat of coronavirus.Lewellen, 64, was sentenced in 2013 to 18 years in prison for his conviction on federal narcotics conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said Lewellen conspired with Saul Rodriguez, the officer’s paid confidential informant, in eight robberies and kidnappings between 1998 and 2006.In several robberies, Lewellen showed up wearing his police vest and badge, hogtied...
Editorial: Passengers, wear masks. Airlines, keep it clean. Then we'll fly again
Not many people would choose to ride out the coronavirus pandemic in a crowded tin box. That’s why passenger demand for air travel has fallen as much as 90%. Of course, there’s also little reason to book a flight right now.Slowly, the window for flying will reopen, presuming rates of COVID-19 infection continue to decline. Some people will have important personal or professional reasons to board aircraft in the next few months, even without much of a summer vacation season.They’ll fly, if they feel safe.Do airlines understand this imperative? They do if they agree with Paul Griffiths, chief ex...
Editorial: Alpha mail: This fall, postal carriers are democracy's best friend
Checking on nonexistent voter fraud isn’t anyone’s responsibility, but President Donald Trump, incensed that states are wisely increasing the use of mailed ballots to preserve the franchise and curb against coronavirus spread, wants the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget to get on the case.Wednesday morning on Twitter, he exploded with rage over state expansions of vote by mail, urging the agencies to hold up federal virus aid to Nevada and Michigan. That’s dangerous and tyrannical. It’s also preposterous; the funds voted by Congress and signed by him will go ou...
New York Daily News
Maskless Trump tours plant, touts pharma production, slams mail-in balloting
YPSILANTI, Mich. — President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to make the United States the world’s “premier” pharmaceutical manufacturer and drug store, a bid to create American jobs and effectively reshore critical pharma and medical device products from overseas producers.Framed with his familiar “America First” riff and its “buy American, hire American” tagline, Trump’s comments came during his visit to Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, where the automaker is producing ventilators to battle the COVID-19 pandemic even as its car and truck plants this week are restart...
The Detroit News
Motormouth: How to keep gas 'fresh'
Q: I have a hybrid Ford Fusion. Most of the miles driven are on the battery, and I use very little gasoline. Sometimes the gas is in the tank for almost six months until the tank is refilled. Is there anything I should add to the tank to keep the gasoline “fresh?”S.J., ChicagoA: The fuel will be okay for six months or so, but you may want to add a stabilizer such as Sta-Bil for your peace of mind.Q: I have a 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid. I took the car to Ford for a 60K service. I was told that the lug nuts were swollen. The technician told me that Ford charges $240 for replacement or I could go to...
14-day quarantine complicates tourist rentals
Ken Mason is in the ninth generation of his family to run the Seaside Inn in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. He’s worried he might be the last.What’s got him concerned are the COVID-19 rules that Maine and many other states have put in place requiring visitors from other states to quarantine for 14 days once they arrive. That won’t work for Mason. His average visitor stays three and a half days; that’s typical for tourist rentals. Mason is now limited to hosting only Maine residents or out-of-staters who agreed to quarantine for the two weeks.All over the country, states have instituted the two-week q...
Majority of Latinos lack trust in federal response to COVID-19, new poll shows
MIAMI — Latinos say they are skeptical of federal authorities’ response to the coronavirus, but they generally support provisions in the new financial stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new national poll released by Democratic-leaning organizations Wednesday.The survey, conducted May 10 to May 16 by the research firm Latino Decisions, was commissioned by the nonprofits UnidosUS, SOMOS and the progressive advocacy group MoveOn. Polling in all 50 states — including over-samples in Florida, Arizona, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois and Califor...
Trump threatens to freeze aid for Michigan, Nevada over baseless 'voter fraud' charge
President Donald Trump took a page from his Ukraine scandal playbook Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal aid for Michigan and Nevada if the states allow residents to vote by mail in November’s general election.Trump, who was impeached last year for holding up $391 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine while pressuring the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, insisted in a couple of fact-challenged tweets that the Democratic-led states would break the law if they let all residents vote via absentee mail-in ballots.“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots t...
New York Daily News
Trump threatens to stop funding for Michigan if absentee ballot forms sent to voters
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened funding for Michigan amid a global health pandemic if state officials move ahead with plans to send absentee ballot applications to every state voter.Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday morning said, in a story first reported in the Detroit Free Press, she and local clerks will send absentee ballot applications to all of the state’s 7.7 million voters so they can, if they choose to do so, take part in the Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 elections without going to polling places.Doing so, she said, would allow voters to avoid the p...
Detroit Free Press