Malcolm Jenkins 'disappointed,' 'hurt' by Drew Brees' anthem protest comments
Malcolm Jenkins is upset, and he has every right to be.His New Orleans Saints teammate, veteran quarterback Drew Brees, was asked in an interview with Yahoo Finance about how he felt of national anthem protests returning to the NFL this season in reaction to the ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism that came to another head with the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said, adding that he envisions his two grandfathers, who both serve...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Charlotte says city needs to know whether Republican National Convention is coming or not
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A day after President Donald Trump vowed to move the Republican National Convention, Charlotte’s city attorney said Wednesday the city is still “moving forward as if the convention will be in Charlotte.”“We do need to clarify the intentions of the RNC in terms of exactly what they plan on doing here in Charlotte,” City Attorney Patrick Baker told reporters. “Right now, as of this very moment, all the parties are moving forward as if the RNC will be in Charlotte. But … what the convention actually looks like could change, but we’re moving forward.”Baker said he’s talking to GO...
The Charlotte Observer
Collector owns both of Bob Dylan's childhood homes — and his highchair
MINNEAPOLIS — In his teeming Bob Dylan collection, Bill Pagel has more than 15,000 photos, 4,000 concert posters and 18 four-drawer file cabinets filled with manuscripts and ephemera. He owns the Minnesota native’s childhood homes in Duluth and Hibbing, not to mention little Bobby’s highchair.Just don’t ask Pagel to analyze the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s songs, even though he has hundreds of Dylan recordings and bootlegs.“I’m not an expert. I don’t try to see if there’s any hidden meaning. I just enjoy the music,” Pagel said. “I’m a collector. I’m also an archivist and a preservationist. I’m ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ravenous rats await restaurant-goers after 2 months of food deprivation, CDC warns
NEW YORK — Beware rogue ravenous rats.That’s the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known.In a species evolutionarily adapted to resort to cannibalism during hard times, the CDC is warning of “unusual or aggressive rodent behavior” stemming from their lockdown starvation diet.Last month, rodents were seen resorting to open warfare, cannibalism and eating their young in the wake of shutdowns to restaurants and other food sources that...
New York Daily News
Television Q&A: Alfred's origins will be further explored on 'Pennyworth'
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: I would like to know if you have any information on the series “Pennyworth.” Is it returning for a second season, and if so do you know when?A: The “Batman” prequel focusing on the early years of Alfred Pennyworth has been picked up for a second season on Epix. As with many series, its return date is not clear because of the coronavirus pandemic. Production on the second season had begun in February, but by early March it had shut down. An Epix representative said on Wednesday that the series is still on hiatus.Q: A few years ago I watched a Western m...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: What if Louis Armstrong had succumbed to the last pandemic?
As we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth remembering that roughly a century ago an influenza pandemic similarly wreaked havoc around the world and swept through the city that invented jazz: New Orleans.Between Sept. 8, 1918 and March 15, 1919, the Crescent City suffered 3,362 influenza-related deaths — almost 1% of New Orleans’ population and twice the national rate, according to the Historic New Orleans Collection, a repository of data and primary-source documentation. Another analysis, from the University of Michigan, tabulates that “between October 1918 and April 1919...
Benjamin Hochman: Blaine Gabbert embraces role as Tom Brady's backup with Bucs
ST. LOUIS — It’s an uncomfortable question to ask, let alone to answer.How do you ask a driven athlete and fierce competitor at sport’s most alpha-dog position about being a backup? Is bringing up he’s a non-starter a nonstarter?You don’t want to offend or imply he’s inferior, but you’ve got to be honest with the question because you want an honest answer.So, here’s the answer from Tom Brady’s backup.“Taking on the role of a backup, your ultimate goal is always to be a starter. But for the time being, being a backup is my role, and I’ve embraced it completely … “ said Tampa Bay Buccaneers quar...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dennis Quaid dishes on his new podcast and favorite films
Dennis Quaid has the right stuff to get through the quarantine.“I’m an actor,” the 66-year-old star said last week from his home in Los Angeles. “I’m used to going months without work.”Despite not being able to show up on set, Quaid is keeping busy these days, launching a new podcast, “The Dennissance,” in which he interviews famous friends like Billy Ray Cyrus and Billy Bush. In the process, he reveals a lot from his own life, including his battle with cocaine addiction.“I feel like if I’m asking my guests to be personal, I have to do the same,” said Quaid, who also contributes a voice to the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'It was set to be a record year': Great Lakes cruise operators buckle up for a rough season in wake of the pandemic
May typically marks the start of the season for cruise vacations on the Great Lakes, a burgeoning segment of the market that was shaping up to have a banner year in 2020.Until the pandemic turned the tourism industry on its head, buzz had been building about Great Lakes cruises — and so had business.The magazine Travel + Leisure dubbed the Great Lakes one of the world’s top 50 spots to visit this year, crediting much of the kudos to the region’s growing cruise offerings. The number of port calls was expected to be way up in 2020, with 11 ships making an estimated 950 stops at dozens of docks f...
Coronavirus and the NFL: 49ers preparing for training camp outside California
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While states throughout the country differ on government-imposed restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, NFL teams are preparing to react accordingly in time for the upcoming season.That means searching for alternative sites for training camp across state lines.For the 49ers, that means looking far outside their Santa Clara facilities as California has been one of the most cautious, proactive and restrictive states in handling the crisis.“We’re trying to prepare ourselves for just about anything,” 49ers general manager John Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area recent...
The Sacramento Bee