My worst moment: 'Suits' and 'The Right Stuff' star Patrick J. Adams on the sting of getting fired
The story of the first group of NASA astronauts is the basis for “The Right Stuff,” which began as a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, then as a 1983 movie and now as a TV series from National Geographic that’s streaming on Disney+.“I loved the book,” said Patrick J. Adams, who stars as John Glenn. “My father, who’s a journalist, he gave me the book at a young age and it was really formative to me, not just because it was about the space program and these remarkable guys, but also just because Tom Wolfe is such a brilliant writer and his insight and his sense of humor and his ability to get at the heart...
Two congresswomen created social media buzz when they played 'Among Us' on Twitch
In one of the more fascinating moments in gaming, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., were trying to find murderous imposters on a spaceship. They weren’t alone. The two congresswomen were joined by popular streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker as they all played hit social deduction game “Among Us” on Twitch. For the uninitiated, think of it as a murder-mystery dinner party played on computers and without four-course meal.The experience was surreal to say the least as the lawmakers took to Twitch in order to encourag...
The Mercury News
Motormouth: Do I really need that oil change?
Q: A friend of mine never changes the oil in his car. He has gone 70,000 without a change. He claims the oil never wears out. He cites a study of two New York taxi cabs going 40,000 miles each. One had regular oil changes and the other none. Both engines were examined and no wear or tear on cylinder and pistons on either. What are your thoughts?B.F., Plymouth, Minn.A: Motor oil does not wear out. The additives wear out. The base oil remains and is often refined and fresh additives blended in. What are those additives? Detergents, corrosion inhibitors, dispersants, oxidation inhibitors, viscosi...
Tribune News Service
Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold on what inspired the band's surprise new album, 'Shore'
SEATTLE — It’s been more than a decade since a hot-out-the-gate band of folk rockers helped define an era of Seattle rock music. Much has changed for Fleet Foxes main man Robin Pecknold since his band’s Sub Pop debut became the talk of the indie-rock world, emerging as psych-folk leaders of the second wave of Seattle and Northwest indie-rock acts making a splash nationally in the 2000s.After its Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Pecknold recoiled from the spotlight at the height of the band’s success. The Kirkland-reared songsmith, whose delicately constructed folk songs are as lush as a rainf...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: US complicity in Mexican crimes: Who were Cienfuegos' allies and accessories in American government?
Mexico’s former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on Thursday in Los Angeles and will arrive soon in New York to face conspiracy, organized crime and money laundering charges at the same courthouse which has already convicted Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman and where former Mexican police chief Genaro Garcia Luna also stands trial.The symbolism is powerful. The DEA, the U.S. Department of Justice and the American judiciary apparently have embarked on a fearless crusade against the most vicious international drug traffickers and their powerful accomplices in the Mexican government. ...
New York Daily News
Fabiola Santiago: This Bay of Pigs vet in Miami is all in for Joe Biden, rejects GOP's socialist attacks
Maybe it’s too late.Less than two weeks before Election Day, people already are voting in record numbers.But finally, somebody with credibility and authority — a Bay of Pigs veteran, no less — is addressing the most damaging accusation by the Donald Trump campaign and the Florida GOP against Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.Democrats are socialists. Democrats are Communists.Voting Democrat is a betrayal to the cause of a Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua.Failing to follow the Trump cult? You must be an infiltrado, an agent of the Castros, an ill-born Cuban (cubano mal nacido, a favorite insult of ...
Joseph N. DiStefano: US still trails pre-COVID peak in jobs and economic activity, and the new president may not matter
The U.S. economy shrank by nearly one-third during the three-month period ending in June. The economy recovered about four-fifths of that loss by August, according to the Glenmede Recovery Index, which tracks bank card payments, business accounts, and Google Mobility data. But the nation has since stalled at that point, remaining at recession levels, with unemployment double the pre-virus rate.“The pandemic remains in a reopening phase. On a near-term basis, we’re not getting a full recovery because of the lack of vaccine, the lack of herd immunity,” said Jason Pride, chief investment officer ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples: 'They are children of God and have a right to a family'
Pope Francis says same-sex unions need to be legally protected in a stunning departure from the Vatican on the issue.“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome Wednesday.“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” he added.According to the Catholic News Agency, the remarks came as the documentary, “Francesco,” touched on how the church should care for LGBTQ people.“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the 8...
New York Daily News
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
No one knew Epstein's secrets like Ghislaine Maxwell; how much did her testimony reveal?
WASHINGTON — When a 418-page transcript of a deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell is made public, perhaps by week’s end, it will mark a major milestone in a legal fight by the Miami Herald to reveal Jeffrey Epstein’s protected world by shining light in uncomfortable places.Maxwell — the alleged madam to the late disgraced financier — sits in a New York jail awaiting a July trial date, denied bail on federal sex trafficking charges and considered a flight risk. She sought to block release of the lengthy April 2016 deposition, arguing it would hurt her defense in separate criminal proceedings.L...