Commentary: Bailing out the rich — again
President Donald Trump recently signed a coronavirus relief package that extends and enhances benefits for America’s rapidly growing numbers of unemployed. But the bill does nothing to fix the payday hardship that crushes so many Americans still working: a federal minimum wage that has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for years.Millions of U.S. workers — through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond — will continue to earn this starvation wage, or close to it.Advocates for working Americans were hoping for more. The relief bill that House Democrats put on the table included a $15 minimum wage for employ...
Tribune News Service
Mike Jensen: NCAA decision is good news for college spring-sport athletes, although not best news for high school spring-sport athletes
PHILADELPHIA — Kenny Levari, a senior baseball player at New Jersey’s St. Augustine Prep, had just gotten off the phone Tuesday with his future baseball coach at Old Dominion University. The gist of the call: Levari shouldn’t worry. He’d still have his full college scholarship. This week’s NCAA announcement wouldn’t impact that.“He just told me, ‘Come in and be ready to play the field and pitch,’ ” Levari said.The call was helpful, because the landscape keeps shifting, even as Levari misses out on his last high school season. The NCAA announced Monday that spring-sports college athletes would ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge orders release of 13 immigrants in Pa., saying ICE not protecting them from coronavirus
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Harrisburg ordered the immediate release Tuesday of 13 immigrants from detention centers across Pennsylvania, saying authorities have not taken adequate measures to protect them from the threat of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars.The group, from countries across the globe, are all being all held in county jails that contract with ICE and face deportation proceedings or have pending asylum claims. They appear to be one of the largest groups of immigrant detainees in the nation subject to a court-ordered release since the pandemic’s start.Each has underlying m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; nearly $30 million worth of drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana to San Diego was found earlier in March, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered on March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the tunnel entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal search warrant and seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Appeals court allows Texas to enforce coronavirus-related abortion ban, for now
AUSTIN, Texas — One day after a federal judge blocked Texas from banning most abortions during the coronavirus emergency, an appeals court put that ruling on hold Tuesday to give its judges time to weigh a challenge filed by state officials.The decision will allow Texas officials to resume enforcing a policy that bans abortions unless a woman’s life or health are at risk, an exception that applies to very few abortions.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel barred enforcement of the policy, ruling that it amounted to a ban on abortion in violation of the U.S. Constitution.Texas Attorney Gen...
Dr. James Andrews says he will stop performing Tommy John surgeries during coronavirus crisis
The nation’s leading Tommy John surgeon believes his signature baseball operation is non-essential, at least during the global coronavirus crisis.Dr. James Andrews temporarily suspended performing Tommy John elbow surgeries at his medical facility in Gulf Breeze, Fla., citing governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order delaying elective medical procedures.“We are not performing any non-urgent or non-emergent procedures, including Tommy John surgery, in compliance with the governor’s executive order,” said a spokesperson for Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in a statement to th...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Doctor's firing in coronavirus crisis shows a failure of corporate medicine
The strain of the coronavirus pandemic should have the entire health care system focused intently on quality and safety. Yet the dismissal of Bellingham, Wash., doctor Ming Lin shows how misguided business practices can hold back medical providers in a time of crisis.Lin practiced at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was an emergency room doctor, for 17 years. As the coronavirus crisis mounted, he took to social media to publicize conditions at the hospital he found appalling — a lack of separation of suspected COVID-19 cases from other patients and a dearth of testing for the vi...
The Seattle Times
Will Bunch: From no insurance to an unemployment runaround, coronavirus exposes broken US system
We need a hero. How else to explain what motivates thousands of New Yorkers to go out on their rooftops or throw open their windows at precisely 7 p.m. every night to scream and yell and applaud and bang on the pots and pans — all to show the beleaguered and literally life-risking nurses, doctors and hospital staffers working in the epicenter of a global pandemic how much they are appreciated, even loved.But in a time of a public health crisis without precedent for all but a handful of living Americans, we also need villains — a role that a handful of vulture capitalists straight out of centra...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commissioner Larry Scott on the Pac-12's financial hit, Power Five coordination, 'concern and anxiety' over the athletes
The Pac-12 is facing a revenue hit of at least $1 million per-school from the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament and March Madness, although the full extent of the damage won’t be known for weeks.Commissioner Larry Scott told the Hotline on Monday that the conference’s expected distribution of $17.5 million from the NCAA this spring would be reduced by two-thirds, or about $11.5 million.That mirrors the overall reduction: The association announced last week that it would distribute $225 million this year, instead of the planned amount of $600 million, due to the shuttering of the ...
The Mercury News
How might expanded NFL playoffs help 49ers' encore?
The NFL’s 55th annual Lombardi Trophy hunt will welcome an additional two teams, thus statistically improving the 49ers’ — and all teams’ — postseason chances.Repeating as the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed just got more imperative.With NFL owners on Tuesday approving the 14-team field that is part of the new collective bargaining agreement, one catch is that only one team per conference will draw a bye for the wild-card round.The 49ers narrowly garnered that top spot last season, by way Dre Greelaw’s goal-line tackle that preserved their Week 17 win at Seattle. As a result, the 49ers needed to win ...
The Mercury News