Still think Ponce de Leon discovered Florida? More evidence that you are wrong
MIAMI — Of all the outlandish myths about Florida’s outlandish history, one of the most stubborn holds that Ponce de Leon discovered it in 1513 when he was searching for the Fountain of Youth.But evidence compiled by a Florida Keys map collector, a South Florida archaeologist and a Naples ocean engineer further debunks the tall tale of the Spanish conquistador whose name graces textbooks, schools, boulevards, hotels, parks, statues and the most popular tourist site in St. Augustine, where Juan Ponce de Leon never set foot.Ponce de Leon may have named the place then known as Bimini — which he t...
'It's catastrophic.' Coronavirus forces Florida farmers to scrap food they can't sell
MIAMI — A tractor with a 35-foot blade mowed down one million pounds of green beans ready to be picked at R.C. Hatton’s Pahokee, Fla., fields.Those crops should have been going to South Florida’s restaurants, cruise ships, school cafeterias, airlines and even theme parks.Instead, they are going into the ground.“And I’ve got another one million I can’t harvest that’s going down in the next three days,” R.C. Hatton’s president Paul Allen said.The total shutdown of the hospitality industry, to stem the spread of the coronavirus, means farmers who grew crops intended for everyone from small, indep...
Dave Hyde: Why Tua won't 'fail' physical and how players get medically graded — an ex-Dolphins doctor's talk
Let’s start here: NFL team doctors don’t “fail” players in a medical physical like coaches say and reporters write. Not really. Not unless there’s some life-threatening issue, like a kidney or heart problem that needs medical treatment immediately.In 17 years as the Miami Dolphins team doctor, George Caldwell helped spot such problems to save the life and temporarily stop the football career of the rare player during the NFL combine’s physicals of draft prospects. Such a player indeed got a “5” grade on the Dolphins’ scale. A fail.And, yes, there is a scale based on a player’s physical conditi...
What's essential? Confusion clouds workers, employers
Are construction workers essential? It depends.The standards for what constitutes essential work under COVID-19 pandemic rules vary state to state, city to city, and, in some cases, hour to hour. Some orders change because of industry pressure; some change as the pandemic worsens; and some governors clarify earlier orders when confusion ensues.The result has been a confounding patchwork of rules that have left some workers befuddled and industry organizations scrambling for guidance. Governors and local officials face the difficult task of trying to balance public safety with the huge hit to t...
Bryce Miller: Baseball book explores lives of former Padres Garry Templeton, Randy Ready
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Huddled in a coffee shop back when such things happened, a Bay Area college biology professor explained how a PhD on insects in Tahiti lives in the same brain as a book about the unbridled joy of baseball cards.Thoughts about the 18 species of creepers, crawlers and flyers found solely in one corner of French Polynesia share space in Brad Balukjian’s noodle with the early-1980s comings and goings of former Padres shortstop Garry Templeton.As Balukjian peeled back the process behind “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife,” the 39-year-old detailed ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How to help your marriage through the stress of quarantine
MINNEAPOLIS — “I was thinking we could adopt a puppy while we’re all at home,” said Joanne Moffitt, with a teasing tone in her voice.“Uh, that’s a no,” replied her husband, Les.Had the coronavirus not erupted, the Burnsville, Minn., couple and their two children would be on a spring break trip to the Grand Canyon. Instead, they’re home, spending more time together than they have in 15 years of marriage.“I think this is great. Now I have a sous chef,” said Les, who does most of the cooking.“I do know how to chop, “ said Joanne, adding, “I cleaned the oven yesterday. That’s a first.”Typically th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Marcus Hayes: A 7th playoff team would've saved Chip Kelly, and cost Eagles and Andy Reid their Super Bowl wins
PHILADELPHIA — The announcement Tuesday that NFL owners voted to add a wild card team to the league’s annual title tournament after the 2020 season spurred the release of several lists ranking past would-be No. 7 seeds that might have benefited most: the 2012 Bears and their dominant defense, the 1991 49ers who got Steve Young back late, etc.How might Philadelphia have been affected?By association, Andy Reid, who finally got his ring with the Chiefs in February, might’ve had to wait another year.More directly: The Eagles would have never won their Super Bowl. That’s right: Saint Nick would’ve ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study says cognitive ability influences physical ability, not the other way around
A study from Switzerland’s Université de Genève looked to answer the question of which came first: a decrease in physical activity or cognitive decline?Cognitive abilities and physical activity are correlated, and the World Health Organization reported 3.2 million people a year die due to physical inactivity. However, researchers at UNIGE have sought to discover whether cognitive decline or physical inactivity influences the other. The study was published in the American Psychological Association’s monthly peer-reviewed journal, Health Psychology.“Correlations have been established between the...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
No one should die alone. Hospital chaplains find creative ways to offer compassion despite coronavirus restrictions
CHICAGO — As a man lay dying of COVID-19 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., near Chicago, hospital chaplains Marie Coglianese and Bob Andorka stood just outside his room, praying and singing.They held up a phone so his mother and sister could hear. The man’s mother asked to talk to her son, so the chaplains allowed her voice to flood through the room’s intercom system. They did the same for his sister.In a time when hospitals must enforce strict no-visitor policies due to the coronavirus pandemic, hospital chaplains are finding creative ways to fulfill their role as spiritua...
Paul Sullivan: Sports equipment manufacturers do right thing by helping ensure safety of health care workers on frontline of coronavirus crisis
Imagine representing your favorite baseball team — be it the Cubs or White Sox — by wearing a blue or black pinstriped face mask at the ballpark this summer.We’re not there yet, of course, because we don’t even know if there will be a baseball season. And there’s still a debate over whether those who haven’t tested positive for the coronavirus should be wearing face masks in public.But it’s something I’ve been thinking about since learning of the collaboration between Major League Baseball and its official jersey manufacturer, Fanatics, to address the shortage of protective masks and gowns for...