Mike Sielski: People were staying home from sports before the pandemic. What will happen once the games resume?
PHILADELPHIA — The last time an arena in Philadelphia was full for a pro sporting event was Tuesday, March 10, the night before everything stopped. The Flyers played the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center, and it is not an exaggeration to say that it was the Flyers’ most consequential regular-season game since their finale in 2010, when they beat the Rangers to earn a playoff berth, then went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Boston was the best team in the NHL, and the Flyers, after seven years of dull mediocrity, had won nine consecutive games and had an opportunity to test themselves ...
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Exclusive: Michael Jordan on racism, education and $100 million for social justice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan knows money alone can’t solve racism, or barriers to upward mobility for the poor.But he hopes the pledge he and Jordan Brand made Friday — to donate $100 million over the next 10 years — helps start a conversation and a level of education that can finally end the ingrained racism the Charlotte Hornets owner says he’s seen all his life as an African American.“We have encountered racism to be somewhat acceptable in certain circles,” Jordan told The Charlotte Observer. “We’ve got to understand at an early age (that can’t be tolerated). Education is such an import...
The Charlotte Observer
White House claims violence incited at Floyd protests in Miami linked to Venezuela's Maduro
WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday it has information that individuals linked to Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro have incited violence at protests in the United States spurred by George Floyd’s death.U.S. Sen Rick Scott, R-Fla., also highlighted a similar report earlier in the week, promising Wednesday on Twitter that the U.S. government would crack down on any operatives tied to Latin American dictators who instigate conflict in Miami as part of the protests.Neither offered proof of the allegations, and the White House declined to discuss “non-open source information” that had led to t...
Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand pledge $100 million to support racial equality
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and his Jordan Brand shoe-and-apparel division of Nike are pledging $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations supporting racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.“Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement,” a tweet announcing the pledge read. “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.”The pledge follows an impassioned statement Sunday by Jordan, the only...
The Charlotte Observer
'We were wrong,' NFL commissioner says, after Black Lives Matter video
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after several NFL stars appeared in a Black Lives Matter video, the league responded.In an 81-second video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledges the need to recognize what some of the league’s biggest stars insisted he acknowledge — racial inequality. Kansas City Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu joined several other players in asking the NFL to clearly state its condemnation of racism and its support for peaceful protest — peaceful protest that kept former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick from employment.“We, the National Football League, co...
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Minnesota governor loosening restrictions on restaurants, salons, gyms, pools on Wednesday
MINNEAPOLIS — Indoor restaurants, swimming pools, movie theaters, fitness clubs and other venues can resume limited business Wednesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz continues to dial back restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.The governor’s announcement Friday came amid indicators that the pandemic has at least temporarily “plateaued” in Minnesota, though state officials expect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to be a concern for months.“COVID is still with us,” Walz said, “but we gotta live with it.”No venues, indoor or outdoor, can host more than 250 people at once under the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump administration cancels Marriott's license to run hotels in Cuba
Another Obama-era symbol of engagement with Cuba will soon be gone, after the Trump administration told Marriott International its license to run the Sheraton Four Points hotel in Havana will not be renewed.The hotel, reopened under the Sheraton brand in 2016, was the only one in Cuba managed by an American company.“We have recently received notice that the government-issued license will not be renewed, forcing Marriott to cease operations in Cuba,” said Kerstin Sachl, the company’s director of public relations for Latin America and the Caribbean.Sachl said the Treasury Department told Marriot...
Lawyer says ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin illegally voted in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — A man running for election supervisor in Pinellas County is asking the Orange-Osceola state attorney to pursue charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, alleging he voted illegally in two Florida elections.Dan Helm, a Democrat and attorney, sent Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala a letter notifying her of Chauvin’s voting record.“While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County. His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, n...
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Trump’s former top aide John Kelly sides with Jim Mattis over protestsWASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly said Friday he agrees with former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ criticism of the president’s hostility toward protests against police brutality.Kelly said he sides with Mattis’ view that Trump shouldn’t have threatened the use of active-duty troops to quell protests that have turned violent in some cities.“I agree with him,” Kelly said during a virtual panel discussion with Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director. Kelly also said elected ...
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Philly police inspector accused of beating Temple student during protest is expected to face charges
PHILADELPHIA — A high-ranking Philadelphia police officer has been removed from the street after video surfaced of him beating a Temple University student with a baton, including near his head, during a Monday protest by the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.Other video clips of Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna show similarly aggressive behavior over several days toward people protesting against oppressive policing.One video shows Bologna on Sunday lunging at a TV reporter and striking a security guard. Another shows him on Tuesday throwing his bike and tackling a woman, immediately causing tensions to ...
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