Hong Kong press club criticises police accreditation rules as Beijing accuses it of ‘whitewashing fake journalists’
Beijing’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong has accused the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) of “whitewashing fake journalists,” after the club voiced opposition to a controversial amendment in media accreditation rules by police.In a statement released on Wednesday, the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong told the FCC to stop “meddling” in the city’s affairs under the pretext of press freedom. The office claimed that “anti-China troublemakers” who called themselves journalists deliberately obstructed and even assaulted police during last year’s pro-democracy pro...
Hong Kong Free Press
Vahe Gregorian: Gale's Song: Sayers' legacy in race relationships still resonates today
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re of a certain age and time, one sports movie still stands out above all others. “Brian’s Song” made its debut on ABC on Nov. 30, 1971, when I was an impressionable fifth grader and among the millions weeping — even as it also offered a profound social statement for its time in the most-watched made-for-TV movie ever made.On the occasion of Gale Sayers’ death on Wednesday at age 77, that’s as much or more of his legacy than being the Kansas Comet.Or the human highlight reel that he became with the Chicago Bears (eluding the Chiefs for the NFL team after they made him...
The Kansas City Star
Padres limping out of home finale loss to Angels
SAN DIEGO — The Padres can’t say for certain when Mike Clevinger will pitch again. Their offense also remains MIA. And at this point it’s hard to say which is more concerning.Eric Hosmer mashed his first home run since returning from a broken finger, but the Padres lost the playoff ace they’d stashed up their sleeve in the first inning to an apparent injury and mustered little else at the plate in a 5-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday, an all-around dud to close their regular-season home schedule.It was their fifth loss in seven games and their second straight since clinching their first posts...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tom Thibodeau era begins with Knicks' first practice in over six months
NEW YORK — The Knicks were a little delayed getting on the court for their first group workouts Wednesday afternoon. After six months off, what’s another few minutes anyway?When they finally started practice, Tom Thibodeau began what he described as building a base of fundamentals.“Offensively, we’ll build our system more towards what the strengths of our club is and then defensively of course there’s things you believe in that you know you have to establish in this league,” Thibodeau said in a video conference call Wednesday with reporters. “And that starts with fundamentals on both offense a...
New York Daily News
Paul Sullivan: Gale Sayers' Bears legacy is about more than numbers and highlight reels. He taught us how to love one another.
CHICAGO — The words of Gale Sayers that made every Chicago schoolboy cry were actually delivered by Billy Dee Williams, who played the Bears great in the TV movie “Brian’s Song.”“I love Brian Piccolo, and I’d like all you to love him too.”Delivering a speech in New York while accepting the George S. Halas Award for courage, the movie version of Sayers paid tribute to his dying friend and teammate in a scene that crushed me and my brothers as we quietly watched in our living room and hoped Mom and Dad didn’t notice the tears falling down our cheeks.Even to this day, just hearing the theme from ...
'You are not listening': Fauci scolds Sen. Rand Paul for misconstruing NY's coronavirus battle
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the typically reserved infectious disease expert, put Sen. Rand Paul on blast during a testy congressional hearing Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican trash-talked New York’s coronavirus response.Paul, who remains skeptical of face masks and social distancing despite contracting COVID-19 in March, posited the dubious argument that New York’s actually done a poor job fighting the virus and that the state’s only seeing low infectious rates at the moment because enough residents have been exposed to it and developed “community immunity.”“How can we possibly be jumping up an...
New York Daily News
Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for saying there was a 'very limited pool of Black talent'
Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf apologized Wednesday for a remark he made in June about the talent pool of senior Black banking executives that set off a wave of criticism when the quote resurfaced Tuesday.On June 16, as the country was engulfed in protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Scharf sent a memo to the bank’s roughly 250,000 employees outlining a set of changes that he said would help improve the firm’s diversity.If executives like Scharf didn’t meet new goals to hire a diverse workforce, their pay would be docked. It was one of the first major financial inst...
The Charlotte Observer
Florida's COVID-19 death toll at 13,782 after 6 months
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s been six months since Florida began reporting the deaths of people from the coronavirus pandemic.The list started with 17 deaths on March 23. The official numbers now: 13,618 Floridians who have died from COVID-19, plus another 164 nonresidents who died from the disease in the state.The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported the virus deaths of 203 more residents, the most on any daily report for almost two weeks.Florida’s COVID-19 death rate is the same as Pennsylvania’s, at 15th in the nation, with 62 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Center...
Florida is about to mail out 5 million ballots, testing Biden's and Trump's strategies
MIAMI — For months, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have strategized on voter turnout, election officials have braced for an autumn like no other, and the U.S. Postal Service has vowed to be ready to handle a record number of mail ballots going out in the nation’s largest swing state.Now it’s time for millions of Floridians to vote.Starting Thursday, and continuing for seven days, more than 4.7 million domestic mail ballots will go out to Florida voters, marking the unofficial start of the state’s marathon 40-day election. More than 1 million of those ballots will be ma...
Judge rejects Eric Trump's request to delay deposition
NEW YORK — His father’s presidential race can’t prevent Eric Trump from being questioned under oath by State Attorney General Letitia James.A Manhattan Supreme Court judge rejected a request from Eric Trump Wednesday to postpone his deposition until after the election in a probe of the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.Justice Arthur Engoron said Eric Trump’s justification for the delay was “unpersuasive” and noted that the Attorney General and the court were not “bound by timelines of the national election.” He ordered Eric Trump to sit for questioning by Oct. 7.James’ broad investigati...
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