Mac Engel: How Colin Kaepernick made TCU's Rose Bowl season possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — Colin Kaepernick has no formal affiliation with TCU, nor did he ever play the Horned Frogs in a game, but he made a tangible impact on the university that extends deep into the mortar, and the success, of the school.This year is the 10th year anniversary of TCU’s Rose Bowl season, which would not have been possible without the contributions of the ousted NFL quarterback, Mr. Kaepernick, and his Nevada Wolf Pack.On Nov. 26, 2010, Kaepernick “led TCU” to the Rose Bowl when Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State. That upset ultimately changed the trajectory of a team, a school and a c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bid to sue Jeffrey Epstein estate for racketeering gains ground
MIAMI — A federal judge on Wednesday handed a partial victory to the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who is pursuing a civil racketeering complaint against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, partially granting her access to an ongoing civil lawsuit that involves the disgraced financier and close associates.Attorney General Denise George brought a civil enforcement action against the Epstein estate in January, calling it an ongoing criminal enterprise. She went on to identify the two executors to the estate — Epstein lawyer Darren K. Indyke and accountant Richard Kahn — as alleged co-c...
COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.Florida is not one of them and likely won’t be.As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to create the state’s own app to shore up a state tracing program Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber described as “still failing to do its job.”“Please consider directing your Department of Health to allow local governments the option to ut...
Virus cases, hospitalizations exploding as California records highest daily death toll in a month
SAN JOSE, Calif. — California has recorded more new cases of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours than any other two-day period of the pandemic, after another day of widespread infections detected across the state.On Tuesday, county health departments combined to report 16,730 new cases of the virus — more than any other day prior to Monday, when the state reported a record 20,000-plus new cases — plus an additional 110 lives lost due to COVID-19, according to data compiled by this news organization.The average number of new daily cases each day is at an all-time high — 13,338 per day over the past w...
The Mercury News
Chicago's Marisel Vera explores Puerto Rico's history in new novel, 'The Taste of Sugar'
CHICAGO — Marisel Vera always knew she was a writer. Growing up in Humboldt Park, the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants said before she was a writer, she was a reader who didn’t feel represented in books.“I never saw myself in books,” she said. “So although I knew that I was a writer, I never ever thought I could be a novelist, because I never saw that any Puerto Rican had written a novel in the English language, until I was much, much older. And when I saw a couple books like that, the people were from New York, so not my experience at all.”Her latest novel, “The Taste of Sugar,” follows ne...
Stay in, read up: These 6 paperbacks go nicely with a cup of tea and a cozy armchair
It’s cold out! Stay home and read! Here are six fresh paperbacks, all of which might go nicely with a mug of tea and an armchair.“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House, $15.99). Author of the National Book Award-winning essay collection “Between the World and Me,” Coates makes his fiction debut with this bestselling and acclaimed novel, centered on a gifted 12-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation. “As with Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad,’ Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical,” [wrote Esi Edugyan in The New York Times](“One Giant Leap: Th...
The Seattle Times
How Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. is trying to fix his jumper and right the ship
HARRISON, N.Y. — Dennis Smith Jr. needs some water, but first he’s going to have to hit some free throws.It’s another day in the lab at Purchase College’s athletic facility for the Knicks point guard who is approaching a critical juncture of his young career. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, he has to show teams — including his own — that he’s ready to take the next step.Moments ago, Smith had darted up and down the court, baseline to half-court, back to the right corner pocket where he shoots, and swishes, leaning corner-pocket treys. He must get at least five attempts up withi...
New York Daily News
Stefan Bondy: Knicks' Tom Thibodeau is a win-now coach given a lose-now roster
NEW YORK — The Knicks’ moves in free agency, or lack of moves, again places the franchise near the bottom of the league in talent and high up in cap flexibility. On the surface, it makes sense: the free-agent class was underwhelming, the upcoming drafts and free agencies are projected as more fertile, and a pandemic has relieved any pressure to sell tickets or to discourage fans from chanting “Sell the Team.”Why not stink for another year?But there is an important issue to reconcile: Tom Thibodeau.In case you haven’t read the swaths of profiles on Thibs, he’s not equipped for tanking. Patience...
New York Daily News
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal crimes
The company responsible for thousands of overdose deaths at the hands of its drug OxyContin pleaded guilty to federal crimes Tuesday.Purdue Pharma, owned and operated by the Sackler family while it pushed the painkilling opioid to addicts, formally admitted to the federal charges as part of a plea agreement signed in October.The settlement also requires Purdue to pay $8.3 billion to the federal government, but that probably won’t happen because Purdue declared bankruptcy last year, the Wall Street Journal reported. Its remaining money is being saved to pay the numerous states, cities and count...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Immigration is the story of our families
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to restore protection to “Dreamers,” provide a pathway to citizenship for other immigrants, rescind his predecessor’s travel bans and allow in more refugees. It is a welcome break from the cruelty of his predecessor, who separated children from their parents and put them in cages.Immigration is often discussed as an abstract political concept. But for so many of us, it’s the story of our family.My mother, Violetta Tironi, born in Milan, Italy, in 1931, was a studious girl who liked sports. Her father, Sergio, was a police officer. Her mother, Giuseppina, w...
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